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Patriotic Music


People around the world love to sing and play music. Here in the United Kingdom, where we have many different kinds of people, we have many different kinds of music. If you turn on a radio, you might hear reggae, jazz, classical, songs from musicals or bhangra. In Year 2, we learnt about jazz music and in Year 3 we learn about patriotic music and folk music. Now let's find out more about patriotic music.

When an athlete receives a gold medal in a large sporting event, such as the Olympics, the national anthem of his or her country is played. A national anthem is a country's official song. The National Anthem of the United Kingdom is 'God Save the Queen'. It gets played and sung at other occasions too, such as ceremonies to honour people who have died in war.


The National Anthem was played at the Olympics for Team GB's Ed Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins in the top picture here. Two very popular track athletes, Mo Farah (from the UK) and Usain Bolt (from Jamaica), had fun after the National Anthem was played during their medal ceremony on 11th August. Mo Farah is celebrating with Usain Bolt's 'lightening' pose and Usain Bolt is celebrating with Mo Farah's 'Mobot' pose. Here are the lyrics of some of the verses of 'God Save the Queen':

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour.
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.

This activity is adapted from pages 201 - 202 of What Your Year 3 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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