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Hello Year 3.  I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying being at home with this beautiful sunshine.


Last lesson we started learning the notes that are written in the lines and spaces on the Treble Clef.  We use the Treble Clef for writing music for instruments like the recorder that play high pitch notes.  The notes in the spaces sit between the lines, whilst the notes on the lines have the line running through the note.  This week I am going to give you a piece of music that has been written in the Treble Clef called 'Birds are Singing' and I would like you to write down the names to each note.  If you are able to print out the music then please write the names to each note above each one.  If you are unable to print out the music then just write the names of the notes on a blank piece of paper or read them out loud to a member of your family.  This will really help you to be able to read music and learn your pieces more quickly.  REMEMBER to look at my last lesson to you as this will help you work out the note names.


Here is the piece of music for you.



There are two notes in this piece that you haven't learnt yet and they are the last two notes of the piece.  The last but one note which has part of the word 'dullness' underneath it - 'ness', is the note G.  It is a very low note.  The last note of the piece that has the word 'now' underneath it is the note Middle C.  Now you should be able to write all the note names in this piece.  Remember to look at the last lesson's notes to help you!  Have a good week everyone!








Hello Year 3!  I hope you are all keeping happy and healthy and enjoyed singing the song last week.


Before we go back to playing the recorder again, I am going to give you a little exercise to help remind you of the notes on the TREBLE CLEF.  Remember that when we are writing music for instruments that play high notes (high pitch) we always need to write the curly TREBLE CLEF sign at the beginning of each five line stave. Try practising drawing a few TREBLE CLEF signs on a piece of paper.  Once you have done this, write the letter names underneath the notes I have drawn for you and draw some staves on a piece of paper and then some notes with their letter names written underneath.  So far, on the recorder, you have learnt to play the note F (in the bottom space) G (on the second line) A (in the second space from the bottom) B (on the third line) and C (in the third space) - F  G  A  B  C.  Try playing these on the recorder to remind yourself of the notes and see if you can remember where the notes are placed on the STAVE.  Have a lovely week.









Hello everyone in Year 3!  I do miss seeing you all in school and hearing you play the recorder and the drums in our music lessons.  However, most of all I miss hearing everyone singing together.  Singing is not only fun, it is something we can all do alone, with a friend, with our family, or even in a big group at a concert.  Singing is also very good for us.  It helps us to relax and forget our worries, and at the same time it helps to strengthen our lungs.  This week I thought we would learn a song about caring for our planet.  It's a lovely song and reminds us how important it is to take care of this wonderful world. One good thing that has happened during these past weeks is that fewer aeroplanes, trains and cars have been in use around the world and this has helped to clean the air for us all.  Perhaps this is a time for us all to make changes so that we can keep our planet clean and healthy for us and for future generations.  This song is called 'Kids for Saving the Earth Promise Song' .  Try to learn the words from memory and enjoy singing along to the music.  I would love to hear you sing this in an assembly when we all return to school. Have fun!


Welcome back to another week of home learning.  Last week I gave you two new notes to learn on the recorder - they were the note F and the highest note on the chart, C. You can check all the notes on the chart which I have attached again here to make it easier for you.  If you look at the high note C first, you will see that you put your left hand thumb over the back hole as usual, then you put your second finger (your middle finger) over the second hole down on the front. You don't cover the top hole this time - if you look at the chart it doesn't have a red dot over the top hole. Now if you look at the note F - you can actually make it a little easier than is shown on the chart.  First cover the back hole with your left hand thumb.  Now cover the top three holes on the front with your first, second and third fingers of the left hand.  Next take the first finger of your right hand and cover the next hole down (the fourth hole from the top), then skip a hole and finally add your third finger to the sixth hole down. You can see that you have skipped a hole between your first and third fingers of the right hand and so you are NOT using your right hand second finger at all.  On the chart it tells you to cover the next hole down too, but you don't need to do that. Now play the notes C and F slowly, blowing gently and covering the holes tightly with flat fingers.  If you squeak, check you are completely covering the holes and make sure you are blowing softly.


Now you are ready to play our next piece, using the same colour codes for the counts as before.

Remember:  If the note name is coloured blue the note holds for just one count.

If the note name is coloured green the note holds for two counts.

If the note name is coloured red the note holds for four counts.


This tune is for you to practice using all the notes learnt so far and it goes like this:-

C  B  A  G  

F  G  A  B

C       G



If you find that tune quite easy then try the next one, and when you feel you know it well, try playing it a little quicker.  This one is trickier because there is some jumping around to do.

It's called SEE-SAW because of the way it goes up and down. HAVE A LOVELY WEEK.

C  B  C  A

B  A  B  G

F  G  A  B  


C  B  A  G

F  F  F

G  A  B  G 



Hello everyone in Year 3!  I hope that you are all well and enjoying this lovely sunny weather.  The lovely thing about playing the recorder is that, because it is so small and light, you can play it anywhere you want to - in your bedroom, kitchen, lounge and garden!


This week we are going to learn one more piece using only the notes B, A and G, but I would also like you to try and learn the high note C and the note F also ready for next time.  You can see how to play both these new notes on the chart I gave you last week (see below).  The piece I would like you to learn this week is 'Hot Cross Buns' - maybe you enjoyed eating a few of those over Easter!


Remember that:  If the note letter name is coloured blue, you hold the note for one count (a crotchet)

If the note is coloured green you hold the note for two counts (a minim).

I am also introducing quavers this week (these are quick half count notes - two quavers are played in the time of one count).  They are coloured in orange.

You probably know this tune already so if it sounds ok, then you have most likely got both the notes and the counts right.  Have fun this week.



B  A  G

B  A  G

G  G  G  G  

A  A  A  A  

B  A  G


Hot cross buns,

Hot cross buns,

One a penny,

Two a penny,

Hot cross buns.






Hello everyone in Year 3. This week I would like you to take some time to practice playing your recorder.  We will start by learning 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' which we learnt some time ago and which will help to remind you of the notes B, A and G.  To play B you need to have your left hand thumb over the back hole and your first finger over the front top hole.  No other holes should be covered.  To play the note A do the same as for the note B but also add your second finger to the next front hole down. For G you add your third finger to the third hole on the front.  Keep your thumb over the back hole for all these notes.  I have attached a recorder chart below so that you can check how to play the notes B A and G.  Don't forget these important points when playing the recorder:

1.  Place your lips gently on the tip of the beak joint.

2.  Blow gently into the recorder - if you blow too hard you will make a loud squeaking noise.

3.  Always make sure that you are covering the holes completely.  If you don't press your fingers over the hole properly you will make the recorder squeak - something which we have all heard in class from time to time! crying


To play 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' we play the notes in the order written out for you below.  Nearly all the notes are crotchet beats and hold for just 1 count and they are coloured in blue.  However, the last note in each line is a minim beat and holds for 2 counts. They are coloured in green.  The very last note of the piece is a 4 count note, a semibreve, and is coloured in red.  Remember to hold the notes for the correct number of counts and you will soon recognise the melody as you play.  Good luck and have fun!


B  A  G  A  B  B  B

A  A  A

B  B  B

B  A  G  A  B  B  B  B

A  A  B  A  G



Notes on the Recorder