Lesson 5: Creating a melody

The children compose a melody for the chorus of their song using different kinds of notation.

Learning objective

  • To compose a melody

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Work in a group supported by the teacher or a Teaching Assistant to compose a melody for the chorus using instruments. May need to use the Activity: Notes in a chord.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can use their own instruments to compose a melody for the chorus, and/or write it out using staff notation instead of letter notation.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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