Music: Upper Key Stage 2

Lesson plans and teacher videos to instill confidence in your teaching of Music

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We make teaching music simple with engaging lessons based on popular themes, from animals and festivals to space and superheroes, all supported by teacher videos

Year 5

Composition notation (Theme: Ancient Egypt)

Based on the theme of Ancient Egypt, children learn to identify the pitch and rhythm of written notes and experiment with notating their composition.


Children are introduced to this famous genre of music and its history, and learn to identify the key features and mood of Blues music and its importance and purpose.

South and West Africa

Children learn ‘Shosholoza’, a traditional South African song, play the accompanying chords using tuned percussion and learn to play the djembe.

Composition to represent the festival of colour (Theme: Holi festival)

Children explore the associations between music, sounds and colour, building up to composing and performing their own musical composition to represent Holi.

Looping and remixing

In this engaging topic, children learn about how dance music is created, focusing particularly on the use of loops.

Musical theatre

Children are introduced to musical theatre, learning how singing, acting and dancing can be combined to give an overall performance.

Year 6

Advanced rhythms

Exploring rhythmic patterns in order to build a sense of pulse and using this understanding to create a composition.

Dynamics, pitch and texture (Theme: Coast - Fingal’s Cave by Mendelssohn)

Appraising the work of Mendelssohn and further developing the skills of improvisation and composition.

Songs of World War 2

Developing pitch, control and confidence when singing

Film music

Exploring and identifying the characteristics of film music. Creating a composition and graphic score to perform alongside a film.

Theme and variations (Theme: Pop Art)

Children explore the musical concept of theme and variations and discover how rhythms can ‘translate’ onto different instruments.

Composing and performing a Leavers' song

Children spend the topic creating their very own leavers’ song personal to their experiences as a class.

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