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

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To sing in two parts using expression and dynamics

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could be given the tune and ensure that they are the ones singing first in the round.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be singing the harmony line.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Laura Barr,  
Music specialist
In her 14 year teaching careerA job or occupation in one area of work that is undertaken for a long period of time…., Laura assumed the role of Music Lead, and was Head of Music in a large secondary school.…
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