Songs of WW2: Lesson 1: Singing for victory

In this unit, the children use their musical vocabulary to describe features of the music of WW2

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To use musical vocabulary to identify features of different eras of music

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: Should be placed in mixed ability groups to facilitate discussion and would benefit from teacher support in discussion groups.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be tasked as group leader if appropriate. Should match up the more complex words on the Extension activity: song cards e.g. rubato, cantabile.

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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