Lesson 3: Making waves: Texture

The class improvise as a group using texture and create a graphic score to represent sounds

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To improvise as a group, using texture

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: Could benefit from a ‘conductor partner’ to build confidence and model this role.

Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to make two or more sounds, which will be physically challenging. They could try to make pitched sounds (with a chime bar or their voice) alongside unpitched sounds (with their hands or feet etc.)

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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