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

Activity 1

Listen to Portsmouth and then Hornpipe. How is Hornpipe similar to Portsmouth? How is it different? Can you think of a few things for each. 

Can you feel the beat? What about clapping the best? Remember, accent the first beat, and the 2,3,4 should be silent. Can you try a different action on beat 1? A stamp? A Nod? 

Sailor's Hornpipe

Mike Oldfield - Portsmouth

Activity 2

With a friend, or at home, can you create some movements that go with the music? You'll notice there are two different rhythms you can make movements 1. 

Rhythm 1

1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4



It is up to you which rhythm you follow. What sort of actions would a sailor on HMS Victory do? Can you use those actions in your rhythm? 

They might...

Mop the deck

Use a telescope 

Climb the rigging

Wave a cutlass

Give orders

Steer the ship

What other ones can you think of?

Can you keep up with the speed of the music with your actions?

Activity 3

Listen to the original Hornpipe and then the Last Night of the Proms version below. 

The Proms is large music event that happens every year. People visit the Royal Albert Hall which is a large concert hall in London to watch famous orchestras and musicians perform. The Last Night of the Proms is a big celebration of music that ends the event. 

Have a listen to this orchestra's version of the Hornpipe. 

  • Can you count on your fingers how many times the music goes a bit wrong?
  • Do you think it was by accident or on purpose?
  • Why do you think the orchestra did that?
  • What was the crowd doing? 
  • Did you enjoy the performance? Why? Why not?

Hornpipe from Fantasia on British Sea Songs (Last Night of the Proms)

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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