Lesson 4: Composing crews

Pupils use their knowledge of rhythm to create their own compositions and take on the role of a music critic to invite constructively critical discussions amongst peers

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To use knowledge of rhythm to create own composition

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to: 

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need adult support is available and should work with just the TA and TITI rhythms only.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to use SH and TWO as additional rhythmic elements and to use ‘Steve Reich’s clapping music’ on VideoLink as stimulus for their composition.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Frecknall,  
Music specialist
Sarah Frecknall is a specialist music teacher, currently working in a primary school teaching music from Nursery to Year 6.  Sarah started her teaching career as a Year 3 class teacher, and her music career as a professional jazz singer,…
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