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Don't forget to try one or two of the warm ups from the link below!

Activity 1

Whilst listening to Portsmouth, can you identify the beat? To keep this beat, we count in 4s.

1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. 

When counting the beat, we need to accent the first beat. That means making it either different or louder. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4

Can you count this way whilst listening to Portsmouth?


Now use an instrument. This could be a drum, or bells or any instrument you have at home. If you don't have instruments, you could bang a pot, or clap your hands. For this activity, we are only going to play on the first beat - remember to make it nice and loud. 1 will be loud, 2,3,4 will be silent. 

Mike Oldfield - Portsmouth

Activity 2

Now, instead of using instruments, can you think of an action to do instead? 

Here's the beat again -this time we will make the first beat louder, and the rest of the beats quieter.

1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4

It could be that on each of the first beat, you stamp, or nod, or pat your knees, or jump, and then choose a different action for the 2,3,4.

So you could have stamp, clap, clap, clap

 Which actions work well in the music do you think? Which ones are hard to do?



Activity 3

Here are some actions for you to try. How long can you keep up the sequence below?






Can you move between the two action grids? So follow grid 1, then 2, then 1. Well done if you can! 


Activity 4

Do you know the National Anthem? Do you know when we sing the anthem and why we have one?


The National Anthem of the UK represents the tradition, history and beliefs of our nation and its people. People sing it to show a feeling of belonging to their country and to celebrate the monarchy (the King or Queen at the time).  

Did you know, until about 50 years ago, the national anthem would be played at the cinema at the end of a film? Everyone had to stand and sing it before they left! 


As we are learning about English history during this project, it's important that we think about our British Values. We are going to learn the National Anthem during our music lessons. 


Watch the video below to see some of the events when we might sing the National Anthem, and start to sing along with the lyrics. 

When we might sing the National Anthem

God save our gracious queen

Long live our noble Queen

God save the Queen

Send her victorious,

Happy and glorious

Long to reign over us, 

God save the Queen

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