Lesson 3: Semibreves

Children learn that a semibreve is worth four beats before being introduced to traditional South African gumboot dancing

Learning objective

  • To recognise and play semibreves by ear and from staff notation

National curriculum

  • Use and understand staff and other notations
  • 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
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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