Lesson 3: Motifs and mosaics

In this lesson, children create their own motif and experiment with a different form of notation to record their compositions.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To compose and notate a motif

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Understand and use staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might work best as part of a guided group or start by using an example motif and adapting it slightly to make it their own rather than starting from scratch.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use the Activity: Mosaic motif extension.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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