Lesson 3: Play like an Egyptian

Children learn the names of different note lengths and identify them in some familiar sheet music.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To understand note length

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be given instruments with the notes that they will need for this song marked with coloured dots, to narrow down their range of choices.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use their own instruments, if available.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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Elizabeth Stafford,  
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After a brief spell as an opera singer, Liz embarked on a 20-year career in music education, teaching at early years, primary and secondary. After Liz had her daughter, she started her own business Music Education SolutionsĀ® Limited, helping teachers…
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