Year 5

Autumn 2021

1st half term


In the whole class lessons this half term we'll be playing

London's Burning, Funky Freda and Raga.

Everything you need is on this page. Use the menu on the left.

If you can already do these easily Book 2 is here.

If you need a bit more help with the basics click here.


London's Burning

Use these videos to help:


Make it big!

If your low Ds are still a bit squeaky, keep practising them, but when you're playing the tune don't worry - it's best to keep going. They will improve!

Now let's play it as a round :
Everyone starts from the beginning, but at different times. When the first player starts the 2nd line, the second player starts the 1st line, staying one line behind all the way through. This works because all the lines sound good with each other. Because there are five lines, you can have up to five players all starting at different times. Here's a video with four players:

Watch this!

Watch it and try to work out what's going on.

Choose one player and follow him.

Play along with one of the four parts.

If you find it hard to keep up, you could start by just playing one of these lines over and over again. It will sound fine!

L's B easy 2nd line.png
Easy 4th line.jpg

Here's a challenge! Can you play a part on your own? 
Try with this video. I play first, you go second.

New note: E

It's time to learn how to play the note E.
If you can already play a low D, this is quite easy!
Just finger a Low D and take your 6th finger off.
Watch the video and do all the exercises:

Funky Freda

Here's a video lesson for 'Funky Freda':
... and the full version to play along with:

Go full screen!

...and the simplified notation with piano accompaniment:
Funky Feda - accompaniment


Video lesson
make it full screen!
And an 'easy-to-read' version, with a piano accompaniment.
Raga- piano accompaniment

It's time to learn F sharp (F#) - the missing note!







F# recorder.png
Finger a low D, then take off finger number 4
F# 1 copy.png

in the 1st space








F# copy.png

It's in between low D and E; higher than D, lower than E.

Please watch the video and do all the exercises.

Go full screen

We'll start some tunes with F#s soon, but if you want to get ahead....

The Basics

If you still need to practise the basics, the videos are still here:

1. Hand position
3. Tonguing
2. First 3 notes: G A B
4. Changing notes
Now practice some tunes. Play some easy ones, then choose something a bit more difficult.