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Term 4

UKS2 began their music lesson by listening to 2 pieces of music from World War 2 films. Their task was to analyse the music discussing the type of music, thinking about tempo, dynamics, timbre. The 2 pieces of music were: Supermarine composed by Hans Zimmer from the film Dunkirk and The Night Window composed by Thomas Newman from the film 1917.

'Supermarine' Hans Zimmer

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"its very intense"

- UKS2 child


"it is allegro, quite fast"

- UKS2 child



Thomas Newman - The Night Window (From the "1917" Soundtrack)

"The Night Window" from 1917 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Music by Thomas Newman. ► Buy/stream the soundtrack here: ► Listen to the official movie playlist here: ABOUT 1917 Set at the height of the First World War, 1917 centers on two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman), who are given a seemingly impossible mission.

"it fades and then gets a bit quieter and then louder again"

- UKS2 child


In groups the children then used musical instruments to compose a piece of music using the 2 pieces of music they had analysed as a reference.

The children then performed their compositions to the rest of the class. They were then appraised by their peers on what they liked or thought they could do to improve their performance.


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“I like that they used the table as an instrument”

- UKS2 child

"it made me feel happy listening to it”

- UKS2 child


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“he was playing adagio, he waited in between each beat”

- UKS2 child

“It was like a person banging a wall in a horror film! It was creepy”

- UKS2 child


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“the xylophone is a happy instrument, so not best used in a sad piece of music”

- UKS2 child

"I like how they kept in time by watching each other"

- UKS2 child


To finish off, the children annotated photos in their music books, explaining the process they had gone through to get to their final performances.


Peach Trees

We have been singing and dancing to The teddy bear movement song and The bear went over the mountain to go alongside our This is Bear story!

Pear Trees

We have been playing instruments with control to play loud/quiet (dynamics), fast/slow (tempo).

Apple Trees

We have been learning "When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears" the children (and adults) have really enjoyed learning a whole new song and enjoy performing it!


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Cherry Trees

We tapped rhythms to accompany words. We clapped the syllables of the objects we collected around the classroom.