Lesson 2: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Children compare and contrast different variations in Benjamin Britten's ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, written in 1945, identifying the sounds of different instruments and discussing what they sound like

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To compare and contrast different variations in the piece ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’

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
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: A print out of pictures and text so they can follow along at their own pace.

Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage children to relate information to existing musical knowledge.

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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