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

Mike Oldfield - Portsmouth

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?


Activity 2

When you are confident that you can count on the beat, and accent the first beat, have a go at using 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. 


Activity 3

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

Here's the beat again - remember we only do an action on beat one. 

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 beats, you stamp, or nod, or pat your knees, or jump. What actions work well in the music do you think? Which ones are hard to do?

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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