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King's Hedges Educational Federation

Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.

Northfield Avenue, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HU

01223 518330

Year 4 Music Work


In Y4, children all learn to play the ocarina, which is our first woodwind instrument at KHEF. We have been using a programme called Play Your Ocarina and are able to play almost a full scale of notes.  We have been learning how to read the OcTabs, which are a special type of notation just for the ocarina.

Listening Out for Tempo and Dynamics

This term, Y4 have been listening to music with a particular focus on the tempo and dynamics.   We have listened to some all-time greats such as Hall of the Mountain King and Handel’s Messiah. We used listening maps for these to help us follow the music and to see how the interrelated dimensions of music were being used by the composer.


We then went on to listen to Haydn’s Enigma Variations which we thoroughly enjoyed.  In this music, each variation depicts one of Haydn’s friends (and one variation his dog!) We then wrote plans of how we would compose our own Enigma piece of music, using the interrelated dimensions of music to good effect to depict someone we know.

Classroom Celebration

Having given such an excellent performance to the parents in Y3, the current Y4 children had set themselves a high bar for this year’s performance and they did not disappoint. They have worked extremely hard to learn a new instrument this year: the ocarina.  In the performance they not only played some pieces with challenging notes and fast tempi, but both classes played a piece with a harmony part.  This year for the first time, the children improvised on their ocarinas and also played their own compositions.  Then they finished with a bang, by singing their year group song Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machine. Well done Year 4!

Year 4 Dynamics Work

This term, Year 4 pupils have been listening to a wide range of music, with a particular focus on spotting dynamics and changes in dynamics. We have learnt the musical terms for these including pianissimo, piano, forte, fortissimo, crescendo and diminuendo.

Two of the pieces we have enjoyed are Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg and The Hallelujah Chorus by Handel’s Messiah.

Our listening work culminated in this piece of work based on Beethoven’s 5th Symphony where we used what we had learnt to think about the dynamics and orchestration of the piece: