Excellent Songs for Education – Music Resources and Services For Primary Schools
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“Sing! Play! Learn! with Go Kid Music” brings you 12 excellent songs that teachers and children will love! Based on popular Key Stage 1 topics, these catchy tunes enable primary class teachers to teach music while supporting learning across the whole curriculum.
Each song comes with an easy-to-follow teaching video with on-screen lyrics and demonstrations of Makaton signs, performance and backing audio, PDF lyrics for whiteboard display and teaching notes. In addition, many have optional percussion parts, which are also demonstrated on the videos, and there’s a selection of warm-ups and focus-builders to get everyone ready for singing!
Written with the generalist class teacher in mind, the accompanying notes are divided into three main sections:
SING – Straightforward, step-by-step instructions to help you teach the song from scratch;
PLAY – Ways to use the song to meet the requirements of the Primary Music Curriculum and First Access (Wider Opportunities);
LEARN – Creative extension activities relating to the song or topic.
• Supports the National Curriculum for Music
• Topic-based approach
• Ideas for First Access (Wider Opportunities)
• Supports SEND (via Makaton signs)
• No music reading required
• Promotes physical activity
• Ridiculously fun!
“What a lovely voice Al Start has, and I love the way she uses real instruments to accompany her songs” ~ Julia Donaldson
Topics include: Farm and farm animals, Dinosaurs, fossils and the museum, Friendship, Anti-Bullying Week, Christmas, Cakes and baking, Pirates, the sea and sailing, Plants and growing, The Great Fire of London, Caring for our planet, Bears, dreams and imagination, Weather and seasons, Transport and family.
We have the perfect Christmas song for your school. “Go Santa Go!” is fun, upbeat and packed with energetic actions! It’s ideal for Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2 and tells the story of Santa Claus battling against the wind on his Christmas Eve delivery! Will Rudolf beat the wind to deliver the toys..? The rousing chorus is easy to learn and sing and is a massive hit in schools, where Al is requested to sing it all year round!!!
Click on our Santa pop-up to grab your FREE download of Go Santa Go teaching video and give your class a fresh, fun new song to sing for Christmas this year!
Watch our video -why are Go Kid Music songs perfect for your school?
Here is a ground-breaking collection of skilfully written, beautifully recorded songs that have been tried and tested on children in primary schools and given the big, double-bubble thumbs up! Inclusion is top of our list; our songs are written for children to sing with sign language in mind. They come with a teaching video to play on whiteboards or computers so that children learn the words with actions – perfect for all ages and abilities.
If you are a teacher looking for excellent music resources you have come to the right place! Al leads singing assemblies in primary schools every week, and is constantly writing new material to keep up with the brilliant children!
We are building our collection of original Excellent Songs that support topic work, and have added 9 resource packs with plenty more on the way – please check regularly as we add more material, and let us know if you have a particular topic in mind. The files can be downloaded immediately as a zip file.
They cost £9.99 per resource pack and include:
Backing track (mp3)
Lyric and guitar chord sheet (word doc)
Whiteboard film of Makaton/BSL signing and percussion instrument parts (mp4)
Sheet music where possible
Simply click the link to view/listen then follow the instructions to checkout and pay with Paypal or Card. Your download link will be sent to you on receipt of payment.
Description: Up-beat, celebratory and contemporary with a catchy chorus and great rhythm. A firm favourite year after year. KS1 &2 – BUY HERE
2. September 1666
Theme: The Great Fire of London
Description: Gentle mid-tempo song, with a rousing chorus, fun signs support the action. Tells the accurate story of the Fire and how it spread – a welcome alternative to London’s Burning! Split into two parts at the end for added challenge! Ideal for KS1. BUY HERE
Description: A lovely, gentle paced song ideal for Reception/KS1 with signs and actions even includes dance movements (can be done sitting/standing) BUY HERE
4. Change the World a Little Every Day
Theme: The World – Harvest Festival alternative – saving the planet – awareness of wider world – eco – animals/plants – caring for our environment BUY HERE
Description: Another song suitable for Harvest Festival if looking for something less traditional and more about sharing. This song has a great rhythm carrying it along and with the message of looking after our planet it suits many themes. Signs support the lyrics and learning, this song is suitable for late KS1 & KS2. It has optional harmony line for additional complexity and is great for performances.
5. Wheels Go Round
Theme: Transport – travel – types of vehicle – driving
Description: Great alternative to The Wheels on the Bus – but with the same kind of catchy, repetitious chorus. Great fun for Reception/KS1 with signs and actions that support vocabulary and learning.
Al is available to bring her music, singing and songwriting to your school. If you’re a teacher at a mainstream school, a deaf school or a special school and you’d like to know more, please get in touch. Below are some ideas of what we offer and prices.
Al can lead whole school, year group or Key Stage assemblies, teach original songs with sign language, and inject fun and enthusiasm into singing. Songs can be tailored to fit topic work, or just aimed at the ability of the children. These can be one-off or regular sessions. Prices start from £60 per one-off session, special offers for block bookings.
How can you include music in your arts delivery? Al can come to your school and write songs with whole classes or larger groups. Live performances, pop videos, or even ‘rock school’ type band arrangements can add another dimension to topic work or arts week events . One-off half day fee from £120. Whole day from £200. Prices vary to suit length of project, get in touch for details.
Three Excellent Little Pigs Puppet Show *Now touring primary schools
Our new show fits perfectly into the Traditional Tales/Fairy Tales KS1 Topic and goes down a treat at any time of year. Lasting 45 minutes with an optional ‘show & tell, meet the puppets’ session after the show where children can learn a song and see how the puppets were made. Price starts at £200 depending on travel costs.
A Pirate Adventure Show
Perfect for topic work or a special treat. This Key Stage 1, 60 minute performance is a rip-roaring musical adventure involving audience participation all the way – problem-solving, co-operation, singing and actions and a few volunteers to help get messy!
Price from £275, depending on travel costs. Please go HERE for more details about the storyline, and get in touch to look into booking a show for your school.
*NEW* Interactive Whiteboard Music Teaching Resources
Al has filmed a collection of her songs and turned them into a DVD or download of songs with signs and simple instrumental and percussion parts, perfect for music lessons at school.
See below for details.
Topic Work Songwriting
Bring your classes topic to life by inviting Al for a songwriting workshop. She can write a song with the class about your topic, and then record and/or film it as we perform to the rest of the school and parents & carers. Past songwriting topics have included ‘The Great Fire of London’ ‘Mini Beasts’ ‘Tudors’ ‘The Water Cycle’ ‘Pirates’.
Let’s Harvest and Teachers Resource Packs
‘Let’s Harvest’ is a contemporary harvest festival song. It is ideal for primary school assemblies. If you would like to hear the song go HERE. If you would like any of Al’s songs as teacher resource packs including sheet music, lyrics, the song and a backing track please get in touch. The packs cost £5 and are simply emailed as a download – quick and easy! Payment is via paypal. VIEW HERE
All music and singing sessions are designed to be as inclusive as possible. Al has 20+ years experience of working creatively and inclusively with children and young people with and without disabilities, challenging behaviour, and with both deaf and hearing groups. Al uses both Makaton and British Sign Language, can work with mixed ability groups from pre-school age up to adults. Please email Al for a price list and further details.
Occasionally Al is asked if she can teach guitar, ukulele, singing or songwriting to individuals. The answer is…“Now that Go Kid Music is a growing business I can’t find time for one-to-one teaching. That is why I am uploading a series of videos to teach you one-to-one but from your computer screen at a time that suits you – for FREE! Please go to my Youtube channel to see the full range, or have a look at the KIDS CLUB page for a selection of films. You will find ukulele for kids lessons and coming soon will be songwriting for kids and guitar for kids. Hope you find something useful and get playing!”