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King's Hedges Educational Federation

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Year 5 Music Work


In Y5 the children all learn to play a ukulele. This is the first time we have learnt to play an instrument which can accompany our own singing.  We have started by learning three main chords: C, F and G7, (although we are already adding more chords to our repertoire.)  In order to do this we are learning to read some new musical notation called Chord Tabs.

Listening Out for Texture

This term, Y5 have been listening to music with a particular focus on the texture of the piece, such as Five Pieces for Orchestra No.1, by Webern and Dis Long Time Gal, a Jamaican piece played on Steel Pans.  We had to solve the puzzle of which score matched which part of the piece by listening to the texture.

Classroom Celebration

This year’s Classroom Celebration was the third for the current Y5 pupils, having performed on the chime bars and ocarinas in the previous two years. All children in Y5 have learnt the ukulele this year, not only learning quite a range of chords to accompany their singing, but also learning the fiddly skill of fingerpicking a tune.  At the performance they entertained the audience with some familiar songs played with chords and both classes also played a piece demonstrating their fingerpicking skills.  For the first time this year the children have composed their own pieces for ukulele and many of these were played at the celebration.  To complete their repertoire, Y5 chose a challenging song called Beat of a Different Drum to sing, which involved some tricky rhythms and melodies and included a solo group of singers.  Well done Y5!  A very accomplished performance.

Year 5 Ukuleles

Year 5 pupils have started to learn the ukulele this term and have learnt a Christmas piece to play at the final assembly of term. They have been perfecting a number of different chords and also how to strum a steady beat, whilst singing along.  These are tricky skills to master.

Here you can hear Bats playing and singing Deck the Halls and Owls playing and singing Last Christmas.  For these pieces they needed to know the chords C, C7, F, G7, Am, Dm and Bb.