Lesson 5: Sounds of the rainforest

Children combine the four sections of their compositions, building structure through combining rhythms and melodies and adding dynamics and tempo

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To build and improve a composition

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
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: You may need an adult to support their timekeeping so they are playing alongside the rest of the group. If the pupils struggle, you can allow them to start the piece perhaps so they can focus on only their part.


Pupils working at greater depth: Need to include dynamics (volume) and a definitive texture (many layers at any one time).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Laura Barr,  
Music specialist
In her 14 year teaching career, Laura assumed the role of Music Lead, and was Head of Music in a large secondary school. Laura has a passion for working with children with a disadvantaged background, either through deprivation or disability,…
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