Lesson 3: Writing verse lyrics

Using poetry writing skills to turn suitable words into lyrics and working in groups to sequence and structure lyrics into a verse.

Learning objective

  • To organise lyrics into a song structure

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

Before the lesson

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Ask children what school-related feeling or memory they would like to write about and work with them to write this as a line for a verse.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage pupils to demonstrate their understanding of poetic structure while writing their verse (see Wrapping up).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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