Tag Archives: keystage1

Issue 7: Reading and Composing Music – Rhythm

The easiest way of finding out if the children can read music is to get them to write it.  It doesn’t take long to teach children to understand the basics of rhythm notation; a handful of flash cards and you … Continue reading

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Issue 7: Class music – keystage 1 – Castles

“Our topic this week is castles – can you do something about castles in music this afternoon?”  Umm; I am completely out of ideas for songs about castles; the only music I can think of is “The Old Castle” from pictures … Continue reading

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Issue 5: Hi Low Chickalow

This is a little playground clapping game which I learned from my daughter when she was a junior school.  Some children know it as part of a longer clapping rhyme. Arrange the children in pairs, and get them to shake … Continue reading

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Issue 4: Action Song; Tony Chestnut Knows I Love You

This is a version of “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes” with the same amount of manic bending and stretching. The children will enjoy the puns in the song once they know the actions; simply point to each part of the body as … Continue reading

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Issue 3: Zum Galli Galli – singing game

This is an excellent song for passing something around the circle in time to the pulse.  I have used bean bags, but, if they are kept in the P E shed in the playground, and are all damp and smelly … Continue reading

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Issue 3: Ocarina for Keystage 1

Some years ago, while I was waiting to teach a Wider Opportunities lesson in a tiny village school,  I heard a pleasant and musical warbling sound coming from the infant classroom next to the hall. The door was open, so … Continue reading

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Issue 2: Songs for the New School Year – Keystage 1

I’ve chosen a few of my favourite Keystage1 songs from the Singup website.  These have all been very popular with the children I work with, and provide plenty of scope for actions or using school percussion.  I have used a number … Continue reading

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Issue 1: My Hat, It Has Three Corners / Venetian Carnival

The Hat in the song is a three-cornered hat, like the one Captain Jack Sparrow wears in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. When you teach the song it’s worth making sure that “soh-doh” interval in line three, “And had”, … Continue reading

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