Lesson 1: Hand jive

After learning about the origins and features of Rock and Roll music, pupils then perform the hand jive

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To understand the history of rock and roll music
  • To be able to stay in time to a piece of rock and roll music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop an understanding of the history of music.
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could just do the first section of the dance – hit the legs and clap the hands – then join in when it comes round again.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should keep to time and attempt to add the stepping actions.

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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