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Year 3

April 2023

This term we will be learning to play the Ocarina as a whole class! :)

This will involve learning to play from the picture guides and also from staff notation for some notes and tunes. Below is a lovely tune from the Hobbit played on an ocarina for you to listen to...

The Hobbit - Misty Mountains Cold on STL Ocarina

March 2023

This term we are learning about the music from China and will be playing and creating our own pentatonic melodies. Listen to the video below played on the Chinese Zither. It is based on the 5 notes of the pentatonic scale.

Traditional Chinese Music: "Fisherman's Song at Dusk," Chinese Zither Performance

This beautiful piece is performed on the Chinese Guzheng, or Chinese Zither. Its a classic called "Fisherman's Song at Dusk," composed by Shuhua Lou in the style of Henan, a Chinese province. Guzheng Player: Qian Jun

January 2023

We will be exploring dfferent sounds this half term, learning about idiophones, chordophones and aerophones! (all will become clear!)

Here are sme clips about different percussion, string and wind instruments. Which ones do you know?

Percussion Instruments for kids (INSTs 4) | Musical Instruments | Green Bean's Music

String Instruments for kids (INSTs 1)| Guitar | Harp | Violin & more | Green Bean's Music

Woodwind Instruments for kids (INSTs 3) | Flute | Clarinet | Sax & more | Green Bean's Music

Guess the Sound Game | 20 Sounds to Guess

November 2022

This half term we will be thinking about our environment....where we live. We will learn a song called My Place and Under the Bridge and create some sounds on instruments to go with it.

Last week we found sounds to go with the Sound Collector poem.

Here it is to remind you. Can you find some other things around the house which you could put into the sound collectors bag? Maybe the hoover roaring on the carpet or your brother giggling?

Roger McGough reads 'The Sound Collector'

Enjoy Roger McGough reading one of his favourite poems 'The Sound Collector', included in his 80th birthday anthology '80'.

Here is the Joyful Skeleton by W.G Lemmon played on the xylophone. Isn't it fun?

And Fossils by Saint Saens Which is your favourite?

The Joyful Skeleton

The Joyful Skeleton - Southern Highlands Concert Band Proms Concert December 2012 Mittagong Playhouse Theatre conducted by Mike Butcher, featuring Greg Butcher.

Saint-Saëns: Fossils (from The Carnival of the Animals) - featuring Beverley Johnston

With: Beverley Johnston - percussion Kimball Sykes - clarinet Marc Djokic - violin Sara Mastrangelo - violin Paul Casey - viola Julian Armour - cello Paul Mach - double bass Frédéric Lacroix - piano Carson Becke - piano Subscribe and click the bell to be notified of our uploads!

October 2022

So, we are into our new school year and hopefully now you are all settled in your new classes!

We have had fun in Year 3 making food rhythms to clap and play and learning to sing Banaha (see below) and Breakfast Calypso in a round. 

For the next few weeks we will be looking at the Human Body and learning songs about bones and muscles. Have a look at the clip below and sing along with the actions.


Here is our version of the song "Banaha", sung by Hamza.

Bones and muscles song

Uploaded by sulaiman Al Wahaibi on 2017-07-05.

March 2022

We will be looking again at pitch this half term (high and low notes) Have a look at this clip on from Mr Gossard (enjoy his fluffy white dog!!)

What is Melody? | For Music Class or Distance Learning

Fun song about high and low sounds. Great for Music Class or Distance Learning.Teachers: If you would like to download any of my songs for use offline (witho...

String instruments for kids - Musical Instruments

This video will teach your child all of the different musical instruments in the string family. A few of these instruments include the guitar, electric guita...

January 2022

So good to see you all today and start our new topic exploring sounds and grouping them by how the sound is produced. So today we covered Aerophones (instruments that need air to produce a sound) and Idiophones (instruments that produce their own sound either by tapping or scraping or shaking)

Here are the links to the woodwind and brass instruments that we learnt. I have added some quizzes...see if you can listen to the sounds and work out what instrument is playing each time.

Remember The longer the tube the lower the note!

Woodwind instruments

Quiz Woodwind Instruments

Brass instruments

Quiz Brass Instruments


This half term we will be exploring songs and poems about places and where we live and also composing music inspired by the sounds on a building site. We shall be learning some Christmas songs too so keep looking here for more songs and activities :)

October 2021

We have been learning new songs in our food and drink and human body topics and playing word rhythms on percussion instruments. We have also been trying to learn the proper names of some of these instruments. How many can you remember?

Below is the clip of the Joyful skeleton played on the xylophone (the wooden one!) I know you all enjoyed watching it in class :)

The Joyful Skeleton

The Joyful Skeleton - Southern Highlands Concert Band Proms Concert December 2012Mittagong Playhouse Theatre conducted by Mike Butcher, featuring Greg Butcher.

2nd March


So this week I would like you to listen to the two clips below.


The first will remind you what a pentatonic scale is and the second is a song based on these notes to listen to then sing back. Have a go and listen carefully to the pitch of the notes...whether they go up or down.

Try singing it again and do the hands signs for each sound.


Looking forward to seeing you all back in school for music next week! :)




The Pentatonic Scale Explained | Mr. Hunt's Music 4 Kids

The pentatonic scale doesn't have to be hard! Today, we talk about the G major pentatonic scale. This video is meant as an introduction and is GREATLY simpli...

Pentatonic Solfege Jam

Practice singing notes of the pentatonic scale using solfege syllables!

23rd February


Hi there! Hope you have had a good half term :)


We will be continuing to look at music from around the world over the next few weeks focusing on China

Listen to the piece of Chinese music below, 'White snow in sunny spring'.

It's played on an instrument called a pipa. Which group of instruments is it in?


The tune is made up of 5 notes called a pentatonic scale.

If you have a piano or keyboard at home you can make up your own pentatonic melody by playing just the black notes. Have a go!

If not, try to describe how the music makes you feel.

Pipa: "White Snow in Spring," performed by Wu Man

Recognized as the world's premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man performs "White Snow in Sprin...

8th February


Here are a couple of clips with some more membranophones for you. One from India and one from Japan. Remember, they are instruments that have skins.

Maybe you can try making one at home using a yoghurt pot and some baking paper and an elastic band. 

Konnakol Indian Drum Language

The Mathematical Foundations of Indian RhythmThis series of lessons will help students learn math using visualizations and hands-on exercises based on the Ka...

Festival Dell'Oriente a Milano 2017 tamburi Giapponesi ENERGY SUPER POWER OOOMMM

Festival Dell'Oriente a Milano 2017 tamburi Giapponesi ENERGY SUPER POWER OOOMMM

2nd February


So this week I have 2 clips for you to watch. The first is of an African drumming group. This is to introduce you to our last group of instruments, the membranophones. It's a long word I know but membrane means skin and in this group are instruments that have a skin to produce the sound like a drum.


Do you notice 2 instruments that are not in this group? Which are they in?


Also, have fun learning an African dance to 'The lion has a tail' :)

African UniquesTraditional Dance & Music Group-Djembe Rhythms

Djembe Rhythms Foela..

Drumming workshop for kids: Learn African dance steps to 'A lion has a tail'

Who's up for some African dancing? Last week, Yaw and Friends taught you to sing and drum to the popular African song 'A lion has a tail'. This week, they te...

26th January


Continuing with our theme of how instruments are grouped, here is a lovely clip of a classical guitar and flute playing Shallow from A Star is Born. Listen to the beautiful flute melody as it soars over the guitar accompaniment.


Can you work out which group these are in?

Choose from idiophones, aerophones and chordophones.

Think about how the sound is produced.


Do you like this music? Can you explain why?

Shallow from A Star is Born - (Classical Guitar and Flute Cover)

This is our cover of the Oscar winning song performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the film "A Star Is Born". We hope you enjoy our flute and guitar ve...

19th January


This week we will be learning about chordophones. These are instruments which produce their sound using strings.

In the clip below there is a sitar and a violin. How are they different?

It's quite a long clip so only watch the first 5 minutes.

The instruments take it in turns to speak a bit like a conversation.

Can you think of any other instruments that have strings?


Anoushka Shankar e Patricia Kopatchinskaja - Raga Piloo

Anoushka e Patricia Kopatchinskaja homenageando o incrível violinista e maestro Yehudi Menuhin em seu centenário . "Raga Piloo" é uma peça musical incluída n...

12th January


Last week we listened to the pipes and the steel pans. Think about how they are played.

The pipes produced a sound by the air going through the tube as they were tapped. These are called aerophones.

The steel pans were tapped with a beater to produce a sound. These are called idiophones.


Can you think of any other instruments that need air or tapping to produce a sound?

Eg: A recorder or a woodblock?


Here is a cool Jamaican song Away, away for you to sing and dance along to. Enjoy the easy swing to the beat and the sunny feel of the music.



Brain Breaks - Action Songs for Children - Jamaican Dance - Kids Songs by The Learning Station

Jamaican Dance, enjoy our popular dance song for kids (with lyrics). From the CD, Action! Fun! Dance!. "Jamaican Dance". Action! Fun! Dance! CD Download: ht...

Spring term 2021

7th Jan


We will be looking at music from around the world and exploring different sounds for the next few weeks.

Have a listen to the clip below which shows the Stamping Tubes (They are a bit like our boom whackers!) being played in the Solomon Islands. Can you find out where this is?


How do you think the sound is produced?

pipes Solomon Islands

Stamping tubes (or in this case 'stamping pipes') is a category of instrument in ethnomusicology, which up to now I only knew existed in parts of Africa. Wha...

Compare the sound with the steel pans from the Caribbean. How is it different?

Which of these words could you use to describe it? 

Bright? Clear? Smooth? 


Maybe you can find some things around the house to copy the sounds. A kitchen roll inner or a saucepan? Listen closely to the sounds they make and try to describe them.

Caribbean Connection Steel Drum Band

Bryan Clarke's Caribbean Connection Steel Drum Band

Week 5   1/12/20


Sorry we don't have music this week. 


What I would really like you to do if you haven't already, is to listen to and learn your class Christmas song for the Carol Service. I posted it below, (scroll down to find it!) It's called Christmas Calypso.


It's a fun song with a catchy tune...hope you enjoy singing it. I will make sure I come in to class at some point and have a listen.


Week 4   25/11/20


This week we played our percussion instruments loudly and quietly. We accompanied our song Under the Bridge with these loud and quiet sounds to match the verses.


The special musical words for loud and quiet are forte and piano.


Watch this clip to learn the words. Can you hear difference between them?

MuExp Forte Piano

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Here is your class Christmas song that we will be learning. Please have a listen and sing along.

Week 3   17/11/20


This week we will be learning a new song called Under the bridge


The things under the bridge tend to be soft, gentle, quiet things and the things over the bridge are louder, stronger, harsher sounds.


Can you use the sheet below to separate the sounds into loud and quiet and see if you can find things around the house to match the sounds of shimmering water and train wheels rattling. Have fun being creative.

Under the bridge sheet

Week 2   11/11/20


A huge well done to those children who filled their bags with sounds this week. Good job!


As we have been talking about where we live and learning My Place I thought you would like this song called Our House by an 80's pop group called Madness. 

Tap along to the beat and try singing along with the chorus. It's easy to pick up. :)

Week 1     4/11/20


As a follow up from yesterday's lesson here is The sound collector poem read by Roger McGough to help you write your own verse . Think about the sounds you hear around you in your home, your garden, the people/pets you live with and follow this simple structure.


The yapping of the dog.

The yelling of my sister!


Write your ideas in the bag sheet and bring next week. Have fun! :)



October half term activities 2020


Hi there. So we have already done 6 weeks of music making this school year and are getting used to new ways to sing and play instruments in class.


We have been learning about beat and rhythm in our topics of food and drink and the human body.


Below is a lesson to watch which has the 'Hey you get with the flow' chant in that we learnt.

See if you can remember it and the actions.

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


Have a look at the song of the week, I can see clearly now, from Singup at home.


It's a lovely sunny, feel good song which I expect the adults in your house will sing along to aswell!

Remember to try some of the activities that go with it.


And have a think about other songs you know that make you feel good. Why do you think that is? Is it the words or the tune or the instruments?  Do you have a favourite? Ask your adults too. 


Enjoy singing this week :)

Week beg 29/06


This week I would like you to have a look at this lesson all about singing with dynamics (loud and quiet)


Think about your favourite songs...are they loud or quiet or do they have a mixture of dynamics?


Can you make a list of all the loud and quiet sounds that you may hear on a walk outside? Lorries...Wind in the trees...


Or the sounds that animals make...loud like a bear growling or quiet like a mouse squeaking.


Here is a beautiful song called Sakura. (You may remember it from year 2) Is it loud or quiet?

Week beg 22/06


This week have a look at this lesson about clapping to the pulse of a song in 3 and 4 time. 


Listen to these two songs from the musical film Shrek. Can you clap along to the pulse and work out if they are in 3 or 4 time?


Most songs are in 2 or 4 time. What other songs can you find in 3 time? Enjoy discovering about metre (the musical word for different patterns of beat)


Have a listen to the Sounds from Kenya clip

Week beg 15/06


This week I would like you to watch Rob's Kitchen music and have a go at learning the original cup song (not the one from Pitch Perfect!) All you need is a table top and a plastic cup. It's a bit tricky in places but remember to pause when it says to practise and have a go. 


It came from South America, maybe Brazil, which links nicely to our rainforest theme this week.

I thought you would enjoy singing along to the Rainforest song as well.


Can you clap along to the beat and sing the repeated rainforests bit? How many different birds and animals can you see? Which is your favourite? Enjoy :)

Week beg 8/05


This week we are going to learn the song There was an old woman who swallowed a fly. After you have sung along remember to look at the activities too.


Can you sing it from memory and get it in the right order?

What other nonsense rhymes or songs do you know?


As part of our under the sea theme here is a fun song from the little mermaid for you to sing along to. Love this song! Hope you enjoy it too :)

Week beg June 1st


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


This week we will be learning how to sing a scale. In the lesson below she uses the solfa system of hand movements. It's a bit tricky but have a go.


If you have access to a tuned instrument at home like a keyboard see if you can play a scale.


Here is a fun song for you to sing and dance along to. Enjoy! :)

Week beg 18/05


Hi there, this week have a look at this lesson on how to beat box using rhythmic patterns. I think you'll enjoy this one. There is a little bit of theory learning the notes that represent the beats but a chance to have a go as well. box-using-rhythmic-patterns-year-4-wk2-5#slide-2


If you know any good songs to beat box to maybe you can using the skills you have just learnt.Have fun! :)

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, this week we will be learning about pulse. Follow this link for a lesson. Hope you enjoy clapping along to the examples and learning the new call and response song at the end.


Why don't you try to find the pulse of the songs you hear on the radio or to the adverts on the TV or ask a member of your family to sing their favourite song and clap or tap along to the pulse. Which one was the fastest/slowest? Did any speed up or slow down at the end?

I expect you are all missing your friends.Look for the song You've got a friend in me from Toy story and have a sing along. 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'.


This song is about people who help us. We have so many people around us who help us, mums and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents, doctors and teachers. Think about the ones you have in your life that you can be grateful for.


Use the tracks to learn the tune. Then perform it to your family using the backing track when you feel confident. Hope you enjoy singing along. Try learning the signing actions too. Enjoy!

Hi there, hopefully you have found this page where I will be putting activities for you to do over the next few weeks


I hope you enjoyed singing and dancing along to the skeleton songs last week.

Here is another!


This week I would like you to have a go at making up your own bones rap using some of the words for bones in our bodies. Try using skull, femur, fibula and pelvis. (Do you know where these are in your body?)

Here’s a rap to give you some ideas


Say the words or choose your own and count how many syllables they have( 1,2 or 3) Can you say where in your body it is eg: my head, my knee.

Try clapping along to the rhythm. If you have a keyboard set a steady beat to perform to.  Enjoy rapping!