Lesson 4: Composing for film

Children create a notation of their compositions with a graphic score, using their body, voice and instruments to create sounds to represent a given theme

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create and notate musical ideas and relate them to film music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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: Can focus on either the danger or love scene, as they have had practice with the whole class.

Pupils working at greater depth: Can use their own instruments to add to the 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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