Song lists for a materials theme, with some harmony singing

January 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

This is a song list I’ve devised for a year 2 class (6-7 years) whose theme this term is Materials, and also a focus on St Lucia (the Caribbean Island). I’m also keen to introduce them to a bit more part singing, so I’m joining forces with another Mum to do some rounds.

As usual I format it in the form of a story..

Shipping on the Thames off Deptford

So we travel to the river’s edge in London in the olden days – think Thames at Deptford, and spy a pussy cat ..

Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been? Could be done as a call-response perhaps?

Long ago houses built of wood, in 1666 there was a great fire in london  – picture of fire?

Great Fire of London Painting

London’s Burning

London Bridge is broken down, broken down, build it up

London Bridge in 1682

London Bridge is broken down

Some things don’t really burn as wood does, they melt – lots of metals are like this.

Great Tom is cast

Casting is the process of melting the metal and banging it into the metal shape.

Remember we are by the river’s edge

But then I hear more bells from over the water, this time in France, where they speak French ..

Frere Jacques

But we might want to sail to St Lucia on one the ships we saw by the Thames in Deptford –

My bonny lies over the water, my bonny lies over the sea

A sailor went to sea sea sea,
A sailor went to chop chop chop,
…… knee knee knee
…… heel heel heel
……. toe toe toe
……. sea chop knee heel toe, sea chop knee heel toe, sea chop knee heel toe

At which point they all collapse in a heap!

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§ One Response to Song lists for a materials theme, with some harmony singing

  • songsofchildhood says:

    That last song, a sailor went to sea is great at getting the kids up and moving about, and came across ‘bassez mamma, bassez‘, which fits the carribean theme of St Lucia, and they can have a good jiggle about to!

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