Lesson 6: The final piece

Using all the techniques and knowledge they have learned, the children create and perform their Year 6 leavers' song.

Learning objective

  • To compose a verse melody

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Classroom reosurces

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Work in a group supported by the teacher or Teaching Assistant to compose a melody for verse one.  You may want to hand out copies of the  Activity: Notes in a chord.


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

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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