Musical Contexts - Primary/Key Stage 2 Unit 4 - The Haunted House

Learning, Listening, Composing & Evaluating Activities
Performing Activities - Songs & Scores
Starter & Plenary Activities

Exploring Sound Sources and Graphic Scores

About the Unit: This unit is designed to help pupils learn more about exploring sounds and sound sourced to create an intended mood, atmosphere and effect and to develop their understanding of Programme Music.  The theme of “The Haunted House” is used as a stimulus to encourage pupils to consider, select and combine appropriate vocal, body and instrumental sounds and sound sources to describe different “spooky” situations through music.  Pupils investigate how composers use the elements of music to create an intended effect, respond to music using dance and movement and create sound pictures and graphic scores.  Pupils create their own structured “spooky music” pieces, selecting and combining appropriate sounds and sound sources to match certain symbols. 

Element Focus - Timbre & Dynamics, Structure & Form

The Haunted House from Musical Contexts provides a range of fun and exciting music activities and learning opportunities combining singing, performing, composing and listening and appraising with all of the resources you’ll need in one place!  Ideal for non-specialist music teachers (with a wealth of supporting media files to model tasks and a detailed scheme of work and lesson plans) and a wealth of fresh inspiration for music specialists.  Whether you’re exploring the topic of Halloween, Spooky Phenomenon or Ghosts, there’s something within this unit that will hopefully inspire both you as a teacher and your pupils  Scroll down to see the variety and range of resources and activities on offer. 

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Lesson 1

Exploring Spooky Vocal and Body Sounds

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring Spooky Instrumental Sounds


Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring The Hall of the Mountain King

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Danse Macabre

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Creating a “Haunted House” piece using a Graphic Score

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Performing and Evaluating “Haunted House” pieces

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle



Worksheet 1

Danse Macabre

Composing Sheet

Worksheet 2 - Danse Macabre Listening Sheet 1     Worksheet 2a - Danse Macabre Listening Sheet 2
Worksheet 2b - Danse Macabre The Story     Worksheet 2c - Danse Macabre Listening Map 1
Worksheet 2d - Danse Macabre Listening Map 2     Presentation 4 - Danse Macabre Listening Map 3

Audio 4 - Danse Macabre





Worksheet 3 - The Haunted House Group Composing Cards

Presentation 2 - The Haunted House Group Composing Cards


Audio 2 - The Haunted House Song Example


Worksheet 4

Spooky Poems

Composing Cards

Worksheet 5

The Haunted House Blank Sound Key

Worksheet 6

The Haunted House Self Assessment




Score 1 - The Haunted House (Teacher’s Score)

Song Sheet 2 - The Haunted House (Class Performing)

Presentation 1 - The Haunted House (Class Performing)

Audio 2 - The Haunted House Song Example

Score 4 - The Haunted House Graphic Score

Song Sheet 1 - Three Spooky Songs

Presentation 3 - Three Spooky Songs

The Twelve Days of Halloween, In the Graveyard & The Adams Family

Audio 5 - The Adams Family



Score 2 - Spooky Apple Pie

(rhythm example on MDI 2)          MIDI 2 - Spooky Apple Pie Rhythm Example

Score 3 - In the Hall of the Mountain King

Audio 10 - In the Hall of the Mountain King

Song Sheet 3 - This is such a Scary Place!

(song melody on MIDI 3)


MIDI 3 - This is such a Scary Place! song melody








Audio 1

Spooky Statues

Starter Activity

Starter/Plenary 1 - Pass the Pumpkin

(song melody on MIDI 1)


MIDI 1 - Pass the Pumpkin Song Melody

Starter/Plenary 2

The Haunted House Self & Peer Evaluation

Starter/Plenary 3

Dynamics and Tempo Dice

Starter/Plenary 4

Danse Macabre Starter Activity Images

Audio 6

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Starter/Plenary 5

My Haunted House Learning



Cover/Homework 1

Saint-Saëns and Danse Macabre

Cover/Homework 2

Graphic Scores