Lesson 5: Let’s notate

In the final lesson of this unit, children use their knowledge about rhythmic notation to notate their own composition

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To use knowledge of rhythmic notation to notate own composition

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught that: 

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Would benefit from adult support if available.

If a pupil is struggling to notate, they could point to the rhythms in the Presentation: Rhythmic elements and another child or adult can notate.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can support other children in the class and should use ‘Steve Reich’s clapping music’ on VideoLink as stimulation. 

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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