Lesson 1: Exploring Fingal's Cave

Pupils learn to appraise the work of the composer Felix Mendelssohn

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To appraise the work of a classical composer (Felix Mendelssohn)

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

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from adult support (if available) or being paired with a more literacy-able partner.


Pupils working at greater depth: Pupils with knowledge of orchestras and instruments can be challenged to identify the sounds of different instruments, and comment on the effects of these sounds. 

Pupils who excel in literacy can be challenged to use alliteration, and use metaphors or similes in their descriptive phrases.

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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