Category Archives: Music

This afternoon, Bluebirds have been getting the mood for the Platinum Jubilee.
First of all we watched an old film clip of the Queen’s Coronation as some children thought we were celebrating her birthday! Mrs Parry shared a book with them called “Little Elizabeth” which was packed with information and facts about the Queen’s life.  Next we made a timeline of some events with photos of periods during Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
We watched an amusing short film about the Queen’s hat which even included her special Corgi dog!  Here is the link:
After that, we all got crafty and created a collage in the shape of the Queen’s profile like we see on our stamps. (Look out for these on display during Arts week in July!).  We also styled some golden crowns with fancy paper plates.   We learnt to sing a special song called Platinum Jubilee – watch our recording of the chorus!

Here is the whole song.



Marvellous Music

This week Bluebirds have been having music in the afternoon. Today, the children listen to a song by Toots and the Maytal’s called 54-46 (That’s My Number). The class all seemed to really enjoy the music and, as they listened carefully, they could name the instruments.

We have also been playing the xylophones along to the song, by the very famous Bob Marley, Three Little Birds.


Three Little Birds

Today, Bluebirds enjoyed listening to some reggae music.  They listened and appraised “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.  The class could hear a guitar, steel drums, cymbals and possibly a triangle! The children found the pulse and tapped (and jigged) along to the beat.    Quite a few children recognised the song from a TV advert and knew the chorus.  The children could not think of any other pieces of reggae pieces but will get the chance to hear more over the half term.

Enjoying Motown!

Bluebirds enjoyed listening to some Motown in music lessons today.  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough proved to be the favourite song so far with the class! The children discussed the  pitch and dynamics of the song. Next the children practised copying and listening on glockenspiels before having a go at improvising.   A special well done to Karly, Maya, Jack and Jacob for some brilliant improvisation – they bravely performed in front of the rest of the class!

Representing Musical Notes

Bluebirds have been busy composing their own selection of notes to accompany the song they have been learning called Let Your Spirit Fly.  The children each made up their own symbols to represent the musical notes they had decided to use.
It was a very “tuneful” afternoon! 🎼

Observing music

This week, the Bluebirds in year 3 have been having music in the afternoon. We have been listening to music and trying to identify what instruments we can hear in the piece of music or song. We’ve also discussed what genre of music we thought it was, we particularly enjoyed disco!

We’ve been copying and following clapping rhythms and dance movements, showing our active listening skills and observation skills.

We have also been playing the xylophones along with songs, sharing with our partners, showing excellent team work.

Analysing a music track

Today, Bluebirds listened to a very famous song written by Bob Marley. They discovered this genre of music was called reggae and is played “off the beat.” Out of 26 children, only 5 did not like the track. It was very catchy and lots of people couldn’t help but jig along to the beat!

Bluebirds asked lots of questions about Bob Marley and wanted to know if he was still alive. We calculated he was only 36 when he died (1945 – 1981).

Bluebirds tried to listen out for which instruments were being played too.

Charlie – I think there’s a saxophone
Millie – Something sounds a bit like a violin
Jessica – There are some drums in it
Seth – May be a guitar is being used.