Lesson 2: Scenes and sounds

The children use Wallace and Gromit to identify and understand the composing techniques that create action, tension and emotion in the score of a film

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To identify and understand some composing techniques in film music

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
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be seated closer to the board for more focus on sound and picture. These children may require adult support. 


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to use the appropriate musical vocabulary including chromatics, descending, timpani, tremolo, unison, intervals, chords when talking about the music.

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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