Lesson 1: What is musical theatre?

An introduction to the concept of musical theatre; children learn about its history and how it has changed over time.

Learning objective

  • To understand the history of musical theatre

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: Group these children together for the duration of this unit, as they will be completing the least challenging of the differentiated activities throughout.

 

Pupils working at greater depth: Group these children together for the duration of this unit, as they will be completing the most challenging of the differentiated activities throughout.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Vocabulary

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Elizabeth Stafford,  
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