Lesson 2: Hieroglyphic score

Pupils create their own, improvised pieces of music and notate them using hieroglyphs.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To sing with accuracy, fluency, control, and expression

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices (and playing instruments) with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might want to use the hieroglyphs on the Activity: Hieroglyph sheet by cutting them out and re-ordering them instead of drawing their own.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to produce really detailed hieroglyphs that cannot be misinterpreted.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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