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Year 1

April 2023

Very excited to be taking Year 1 and 2 to see a Concert at Westlands this week. We will be introduced to some instruments with the theme Curious Creatures and Adventurous Animals by some professional musicians from the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra. I will follow up in our lessons after the instruments and pieces of music we this space!

January 2023

We are learning about beat this half term. Here are the videos we watched in class.

Join Luigi's Baton and Mike the Microphone as they teach you the beat of music.

Praise Ye The Lord Hallelujah (NEW VERSION)

Kidzone - Mary Had A Baby

September to December 2022

In our music topics of Ourselves, Number, Animals and Weather we have singing songs and learning about beat with Mr Macarella and keeping time on instruments. We will be making some music to go with the Crab and the Egret (see below) using high and low sounds.

Beautiful Chinese Traditional Music: The Crab and the Egret [High Quality]

Boom Chicka Boom ♫ Action Songs Kids ♫ Brain Breaks ♫ Camp Songs ♫ Kids Songs ♫ The Learning Station

January 2022

So the first bit of this term we will be doing our music topic about machines and thinking about beat and tempo (speed) We will be playing some new instruments and learning to play the steady beat. We will be singing songs about Professor Brains and his amazing machine and learning to move like a robot! Here is a piece of music to get you in mood for keeping a steady beat. Try clapping along and change when it tells you.

Keep the Steady Beat!

Clap your hands, tap your feet, snap your fingers, and keep the beat! Song Credit: from Bensound Royalty Free Music:, "Energy"Clipart - Royalty free clipart,...

This piece of music is called In the Hall of the Mountain King and you should hear is getting faster.


Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, "In the Hall of the Mountain King"

Music Director Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony perform "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg at Benaroya Ha...


This half term we will be looking at pitch (high and low sounds) with an animal topic and also loud and quiet sounds thinking about the weather and working on some songs for Christmas :)

October 2021

So in Year 1 music we have been singing songs, exploring vocal sounds and learning all about beat with Mr Macarella and his old umbrella.

Here is a link that includes the song and some of the body tapping to the beat activities we have done. Why don't you have another go?


Monday 18th January 2021 - Year 1 - Music Part 2

Week 5   2/12/20


Today we are still thinking about high and low sounds


Here is the Crab and the Egret music we listened to.

Can you play along using some sounds around the house?


Remember to scroll down and learn Mary had a baby.

Beautiful Chinese Traditional Music: The Crab and the Egret [High Quality]

Featuring the 笛子 Dizi: Chinese Bamboo Flute Please check out my compositions here:

Week 4    25/11/20


This week we have started a new topic about Animals and been listening to and making high and low sounds with our voices.


Look at the clip below and see if you can hear which animal sounds are high and which are low.


If you have a pet, have a listen to the sound they make. Is it high or low?

High and Low - Animal sounds

Join us to discover the sound of the animals and get prepare to answer some memory quizzes.

Here is your class Christmas song we are going to learn. Please have a listen and sing along.

Week 3    18/11/20


This week we explored some percussion instruments in class and played the beat of the raindrops on Mr Macarella's head!


Watch the clip below which shows some of the instruments we played and some new ones. 


Can you remember their names and how to play them?

Do you have any percussion instruments at home?


Percussion instruments for kids - Musical Instruments

This video will teach your child all of the different musical instruments in the percussion family. A few of these instruments include the drum set, xylophon...

Week 2    11/11/20


As it is Remembrance day today why don't you have a listen to the pieces of music on the clip below and see if you can march along to the beat like soldiers. When you get too tired of marching, clap along to the beat. 


Which is your favourite one?

Week 1    4/11/20


This week we will be tapping along to the beat and also listen to it getting faster.


The clip below is from the Nutcracker ballet. We listened to the Chinese dance before. See if you can tap along to the beat. Is it getting faster or staying the same?

October half term activities


Hi there. So we have already done 6 weeks of music making this school year and I have been enjoying getting to know you all.


We have been exploring sounds with our voices and learnt the Hello and Glad to be me songs.

Before half term we were just learning about counting the raindrops on Mr Macarella's head.

Do you remember? How many were there?


Watch the clip below and see if you can clap or tap the steady beat.



Music lesson - Steady beat

Motion graphic video series created for Furtados School Of Music for their music tutorial videos.

Week beg 13/07


Hello! Last week of term! :)


Hope you have been able to have a go at the musical activities I have been putting up here and enjoyed learning some new songs.


To round off the term here is a  link to some YCC Kids Songs that the young people from my church have put together. (My Lighthouse and Be Happy are my faves!)

They are fun to join in with and remind us that Jesus is always with us no matter what we are doing or where we are.


I am sorry not to be able to say goodbye to you in person but will pray that you have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you all back in September.

Keep on singing and making music! 


Take care and God bless

Mrs Bowsher

Week beg 6/07


Hi there, this week I would like you to have a go at learning the song There was an old woman who swallowed a fly. It's a fun nonsense song that you may know already. If not have a listen.


Can you remember the order the animals go in? And can you spot all the rhyming words too?

Maybe you can make up your own verses using different animals and find words that rhyme...?


When you've done that here is a fun song to sing and dance along to. Superhero!


Enjoy singing this week! :)

Week beg 29/06


This week we are thinking about the Olympic games so here are some fun songs to get you moving. 


I thought you would enjoy this to warm up.


This is also a fun song to sing and dance to. Every move I make


And Peace like a river to end


Hopefully you are nicely out of breath now! 

Can you make up your own dance to go with one of these songs? Have a go :)

Week beg 22/06


Hope you are enjoying the lovely sunny weather after all the rain!


This week we will be thinking about music from Africa.

Have a listen to the Sounds from Kenya clip


How many different sounds can you hear from everyday life in Africa. Think about the sounds and rhythms that you make...walking up the stairs, whisking eggs, knocking on a door, eating a bag of crisps! Which sounds are the same, which are different?


Make a list and try to create your own Sounds of Yeovil piece of music! Enjoy! Dance along to this!

Week beg 15/06


This week we are going to be thinking about the theme of rainforests.

First have a listen to Digging the garden.


Maybe you have been helping out in the garden or growing some flowers or vegetables from seed? Have a listen and try to sing along with the words. (Tap on lyrics)


Here is a cute little song about a Toucan, a colourful bird that lives in the rainforest.

It's got a lovely swingy rhythm that makes me want to dance so why don't you? Enjoy:)

Week beg 8/06


Hi there, our songs this week have a watery theme.


Watch and learn Slippery fish.


And do you remember Baby beluga?


Here is a fun song I love from the little mermaid. It's Under the sea! Enjoy singing along :)

Hello there, hope you all had a great half term and have been enjoying the sunshine.


The song of the week is Shake my sillies out. Have fun singing along! :)

There are some activities to do based around the song such as making up your own verses with actions to match. Have a go.


Here is another fun song for you to sing and dance along to about your feelings.

Week beg 18/05


Hi there,

Have a listen to Baby beluga this week and enjoy learning the song. There are some activities to go with it. Maybe you can find out a bit more about white whales and draw a picture or even have a go at making one out of an old sock.


Remember to keep on singing. Hopefully we can all sing together again soon. :)



Here is a beautiful song that I want to share with you all. It's called The Blessing and the words are a promise taken from the bible. This version sung by children is particularly lovely and this is my prayer to you all over this difficult time. I hope it speaks to you heart. Make sure you share it with your adults. God bless you all.

Week beg 11/05


Hi there, hope you have been enjoying the sunny weather. Our song this week is about the life cycle of a frog. Maybe you have seen some frogspawn or tadpoles or frogs in a pond near you?

Enjoy singing along to Hey little frog


There are lots of activities for you to do related to frogs. Maybe you could make a frog mask or bake some frog cakes? Or make up a dance or some actions to the song then share it with someone in your house. 


Remember...singing makes you feel good! :)


Week beg 4/5/20


Hi again, we now have access to the singup at home site which has loads of fun songs and activities so I will be sharing a different link each week. There will be a song to listen to and learn and various things to do related to that song. Look in 'Activities' or the 'Pupil pack'.

Here is a song about our families and how we are all different. Have a listen and sing along. Think about all the special people you have in your life and remember to thank God for them.

Here is another song about family. Maybe the adults in your house know it! If so sing and dance along to the beat. Enjoy! :)

Hi there,


I hope you enjoyed finding things of spring in your garden or around your home.


This week I would like you to watch the Sweet Beets clip here

Sing and clap along.


Now thinking about fruits and vegetables, can you find some that have one clap like beet and some that have two claps like cherry. How many can you find? Can you find any with three claps?


Here’s an extra song to enjoy!

Praise the Lord everyday!