Lesson 5: The performing river

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

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To improve and perform a piece of music based around ostinatos


National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be supported by ensuring that the groups are mixed ability and offering them one of the easier ostinatos.



Pupils working at greater depth: Should be naturally coming forward to take an active role in organising their groups.

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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