Lesson 4: Pitch pyramids

To further develop their understanding of staff notation, children learn how the position of a note on the stave, dictates its pitch.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To read simple pitch notation

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May want to keep their melody simple and have a copy of the Activity: Note chart available to reference.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to add rhythm to their melody.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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