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Orchestral Instruments (Theme: Western Stories)

Children are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and practice identifying these within a piece of music. The different pieces of music will be from traditional Western stories, such as The Snow Queen, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk!


They learn how different characters can be represented by timbre (the tone or sound quality from different instruments), how emotions can be represented by pitch (how high or low a sound is) and how changes in tempo (the speed of music) can convey action.


Unit Outcomes


Learning Objectives for each lesson:

Lesson 1: The Three Bears

We are going to... listen to and analyse an orchestral version of a traditional tale.

Lesson 2: The Snow Queen

We are going to... listen to and analyse a film musical version of a traditional story.

Lesson 3: Little Red Riding Hood

We are going to... select appropriate sounds to match events, characters and feelings in a story.

Lesson 4: Jack and the Beanstalk

We are going to... write a play script and select appropriate musical sounds to accompany it.

Lesson 5: Super storytellers

We are going to... perform a story script with accompanying music.

Here is our knowledge organiser for this term's Music unit: