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Hello everyone in Year 3!  We have now almost come to the end of this school year, a very strange year, as it feels as if we have barely seen you all.  For me, it has also come to the end of my time at Bernards Heath Junior School.  I have been the Music Teacher here for exactly ten years now and it has been a really fantastic decade for me.  I have enjoyed my time here immensely and teaching you all has been an absolute pleasure.  However, I live several miles from St. Albans and over the last few years the traffic to and from work has become  increasingly frustrating for me.  Some days it has taken me almost two hours to get to work which has now become intolerable.  I have therefore decided that I will continue teaching music from home, giving piano lessons.  So it is with a very heavy heart that I must say 'Goodbye to you all'.    I have loved teaching music here and felt so proud watching you all grow in confidence and performing in a variety of concerts. I will miss you all very much and will think of you often.  I wish each and every one of you - children, parents and staff - every happiness for the future.  My leaving song to you all is in the link below and I think it is really appropriate for me as the words are exactly my thoughts about you all. Keep playing, singing, dancing, listening to and enjoying music.  It is one of the greatest ways of relaxing and having fun.  Stay healthy, happy and never say 'I can't' - because you can if you just keep trying!



Hello everyone!  I hope you are all keeping well and have been enjoying learning the songs I gave you.


We spent a few weeks reminding ourselves of the names of the notes on the treble stave.  This week we are going to work on NOTE VALUES, in other words, how many counts we give each note - how long we hold the sound for.  If you look at the sheet below, you will see that a crotchet note which is the note coloured black is held for 1 beat (1 count) when we play or sing it.  A minim looks like a crotchet but the black part isn't coloured in. The minim gets 2 counts, so when we play or sing a minim note we hold the sound for two beats. A minim that has a dot after it is called a dotted minim and this note holds for 3 beats.  Finally, a semibreve note is a big round note that doesn't have a stem (no stick) attached to it.  This note is held for a long time - for 4 counts.  Try singing a semibreve note and hold it for 4 counts.


If you try singing all these notes holding them for the right number of counts you will see that the crotchet is a quick note as it's worth only 1 count, the minim is the second quickest with 2 counts, the dotted minim is even longer with 3 counts and the semibreve is the longest of these notes held for 4 counts.  Now try doing the question sheet below - see if you can remember how to draw Treble Clefs.  We drew them in class together some time ago.  Start by drawing the curly part around the second line, the G string, and then take your pencil across and up, curl around at the top and then draw a straight line to the bottom with a blob on the end!  Draw as many as you like in many colours until you feel confident that you are drawing them correctly.  After that fill in the boxes with the number of beats each of the notes is held for.  Then, in the next question count how many beats are in each bar - the bars are separated by double lines. In the final question you need to remember that notes that sit in the spaces from the bottom space upwards spell the word F A C E.  The lines are remembered from the bottom upwards as Every Good Boy Deserves Football.  You need to draw the correct note (crotchet, minim, dotted minim or semibreve) on the right line or space.  If you can't remember where to draw the notes, look back at the music lesson on this page dated the18th May, where you will find a drawing of all the line and space notes.  Have fun!



Hello Year 3!  Oh my goodness, this school year is going by so fast and I feel as if I've barely seen you all.  Before long you are all going to be in Year 4, no longer the youngest in the school!  Does that seem a little strange?  Everything changes and time moves forward so fast, but let's hope that when September comes you will all be back in school with your friends and teachers again.


I have found a song for you to learn this week called 'Change and Grow'.  It's a lovely song about how time moves along and I think it would be great if you could try and learn the words from memory to keep your brains active!  If you remember, songs are made up of Verses and Choruses.  Verses are the parts that tell the story, or that put over the different points that the songwriter wants to make, so every verse has different words.  The Chorus is the catchy part of the song and is also the part that emphasises the most important meaning of the song.  Because it is the important part of the song it needs to be memorable, easy to sing back and must be catchy.  When you sing 'Change and Grow' can you work out which parts are the verses and which are the choruses.  Count how many Verses and Choruses there are in this song.  Why do you think the writer has repeated the words 'This Day We Move Forward' so many times in the song?


Here is the link to the song 'Change and Grow':


Hello Year 3.  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  


This week as a change from note reading and playing the recorder I would like you to learn a song which you can dance and sing to every morning when you first get up.  This will give you lots of energy for the day and if you feel like it you can even follow this song with 'P.E. with Joe' on YouTube if you've been following it.  After that you really will be fit and ready for a busy day!  Perhaps you can think of some other moves you could do to the music.  Try and create some of your own and see if they fit in well with the words (lyrics).  Have a good week everyone - we all miss you so much! 


Here is the link to the song:

'Wake Up'


Hello again Year 3.


For the last few weeks we've been learning about the note names on the lines and in the spaces of the Treble Clef. To finish this topic here is a fun game for you to try and work out all the note names so that each exercise spells a word.  Remember: the notes in the spaces spell F A C smiley and the lines spell E  B  D  F  - we remember the lines as Every Good Boy Deserves Football.  See how you get on with this game and of course, you can try it a few times so that you get faster and faster at recognising the notes.  Have a wonderful week!






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