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King's Hedges Educational Federation

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Northfield Avenue, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HU

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Year 3 Music Work

Sports Rhythms

This term, Year 3 started a new unit of work on reading and writing stave notation. The way we do this in KHEF is by learning a series of ‘sports’ rhythms which help us to form whole phrases and to build up to composition.


These are the rhythms:

Using these rhythms:

  • We learnt to clap them in different combinations to a steady beat around the circle.
  • We then did the same but on percussion instruments.
  • We matched note cards to the sports we had chosen, which let us play other people’s music
  • We are now learning to write these notes accurately, so that we can compose our own pieces to play on the chime bars at our performance

We have been singing a song called ‘My hat it has three corners.’ It’s a fun singing game where each round we leave out one more word.  Thank you to Luna and Victoria for teaching us how to sing the same song in Spanish.  In Spanish the song is called ‘Mi barba tiene tres pelos’ and translates as ‘My beard it has three hairs’!  We’ve had a lot of fun trying to learn the Spanish version.

Improvising on Chime Bars

In Y3 the children have been learning to improvise on tuned percussion. Everyone can play the main tune of either Manhattan Blues or Low Down Twos on the chime bars and then each child has had a chance to improvise in the gap between the two melody sections.  Improvising requires a good sense of rhythm, some inventiveness and a willingness to take risks.

Classroom Celebration

Year 3 performed superbly well to their family and friends, celebrating all their hard work this year in music. They delighted the audience with a very varied repertoire of songs, chime bar and Boomwhacker pieces, performance poems and improvisation. They also played some of their own compositions created this year. Well done!

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Whole School Assembly

During music assembly this week, Marjan from Year 3 delighted the whole school with her beautiful violin playing. She played two pieces very confidently: Ode to Joy and New World Symphony.  She used her bow so well and filled the hall with a lovely sound.  Thank you Marjan!   Keep up the good work!

This is a poem written by Sam in Y3 at Christmas time. He has created this poem from his imagination but he has been inspired by some of the words from our Christmas songs we sang last term:


Ho ho ho!

Santa wants some figgy pudding for all of us,

So don’t leave us hanging.

He’s Santa?

Will you tell?

With joy?

Will you prance?

Will you dance?


But Santa is the jolly fat man!

So Nick, Santa, Nicholas and Father Claus!


By Sam in Y3

Year 3 Rhythm Work

In Year 3 we start to learn how read and write rhythms using stave notation. In order to do this we learn a set of five rhythms which match with the names of five sports.  This helps us to break down more complex rhythms, with a view to reading and writing our own music in the future.

(It’s much harder than you think!)