Lesson 3: Pitch up

Children learn how to identify pitches within an octave by exploring the pitch and tempo of the song 'Do-Re-Mi' and the war-time song 'The White Cliffs of Dover'

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To identify pitches within an octave when singing

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
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: If any children in the class know how to read music, pair them with children needing extra support.

Pupils working at greater depth: If any of the children are able to read music, they could also add the note names to the notated score (A-G).

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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