Lesson 1: Body percussions loops

After recapping what a loop is and what loops are known as in different genres of music, children use their bodies to create a looped rhythm.

Learning objective

  • To be able to play a simple looped rhythm from notation

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need the rhythm demonstrated to them and should be assigned an easier rhythm and work with a partner who plays the same rhythm.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should direct the other members in the group and try and give their piece more structure by organising the start and the end.

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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