Excellent Songs for Schools – Music Resources and Services For Primary Schools
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“Sing! Play! Learn! with Go Kid Music” brings you 12 excellent topic 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, Harvest Festival, Friendship, Anti-Bullying Week, Christmas, Cakes and baking, Pirates, Plants and growing, The Great Fire of London, Caring for our planet, Bears, dreams and imagination, Weather and seasons, Transport and family.
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 some guide prices.
Online School Music Membership
Our ground-breaking online membership gives primary schools unlimited access to our entire (40+ and growing) collection of topic-based songs, teaching videos for whiteboard and all the accompanying teaching resources. It is the most cost-effective way to benefit from our songs for learning wherever you are in the world! Whole school access from just £120 per year with option to join the profit-share scheme and earn back money for your school. Follow this link to find out how your school can try for free: https://club.gokidmusic.com
Al can lead whole school, class, 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 your current 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. (Please note travel expenses and distance will have to be factored in too! We are based in Brighton, East Sussex and if we can travel to you and back in a day, we’re in! )
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.
Interactive Whiteboard Music Teaching Resources
Al has filmed a collection of her topic-based songs and turned them into individual downloads of songpacks: videos with signs and simple instrumental and percussion parts, perfect for music lessons at school. If you’re not sure the membership is for your school, buy each song as an individual downloadable pack including teaching video, lyrics, audio and backing track, sheet music where possible. £9.99 each. See our selection here.
Online Ukulele Lessons
Al has filmed her entire Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Courses – you can now have her all to yourself and learn in the comfort of your own home, on any device at your own pace! She’s a really good teacher! You can go from complete beginner to confident strummer in a matter of days – click the links above to read all about the courses and find out about the songs you can learn. All courses are ideal for primary aged children and family members/teachers – anyone who wants to learn a collection of great family-friendly songs! Each course is around £30.
Visiting Shows for your School:
Three Excellent Little Pigs Puppet Show
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 £225, 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.
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’ – we have even written 4 school songs.
Occasionally Al is asked if she can teach guitar, ukulele, singing or songwriting to individuals. The answer is…“Occasionally….But now that Go Kid Music is a growing business I can’t find much 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!”
Here are a couple of examples of topic-based songs and teaching videos:
Description: Harvest festival song, 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
Topic: 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
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