Lesson 1: A single year

Evaluating a song based on its lyrics, tempo, melody and arrangement.

Learning objective

  • To listen to and describe music

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

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

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can work alongside a more able pupil or a Teaching Assistant (TA)*, who will be able to remind them of the features they are looking for.

*Ensure that any TAs have listened to the tracks and know the features the children are expected to recognise.


Pupils working at greater depth: Use direct questioning to give children an opportunity to use musical terminology learned throughout their time at primary school to describe the features of the music such as Italian terms for dynamics (forte, piano, crescendo, diminuendo) and tempo (presto, allegro, largo, accelerando, ritardando).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Elizabeth Stafford,  
Music specialist
After a brief spell as an opera singer, Liz embarked on a 20-year career in music education, teaching at early years, primary and secondary. After Liz had her daughter, she started her own business Music Education Solutions® Limited, helping teachers…
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