Changes in pitch, tempo & dynamics (Theme: Rivers)

Learning to listen to changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics and relate it to something tangible and familiar. Linking to their geography learning, the pupils represent different stages of the river through vocal and percussive ostinatos, culminating in a final group performance.

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Lesson 1: The singing river

Children begin to make links between the course of a river and music as they sing about a flowing river in rounds, even adding a harmony line

Lesson 2: The listening river

Children begin to make links between the course of a river and music as they sing about a flowing river in rounds, even adding a harmony line

Lesson 3: The repeating river

Learning about what an ostinato is and how to recognise them in different types of music, children perform vocal ostinatos to represent the stages of a river

Learning Objective

To perform a vocal ostinato

Lesson 4: The percussive river

Using the contrasting features of the different stages of a river for inspiration, children compose their own percussive ostinatos

Learning Objective

To perform a vocal ostinato

Lesson 5: The performing river

Children have the opportunity to finesse and perform their ostinatos in groups, experimenting with layering sounds

Learning Objective

To perform a vocal ostinato