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Britain since the 50's. Music suggestions?

Discussion in 'Music' started by alijane2002, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. This term I have a Y6 class whose topic is Britain Since the 1950's. Does anyone have any recommendations of songs from the 1950's or later decades?
    I've thought of Hit the Road Jack, Stand By Me and Makin' Whoopie (Frank Sinatra). Thought it might be fun to act that one.
     
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    If you have a look in resources there's a set of little plays for each of the decades since the 30s. (You might find these useful for your topic anyway).
    Within each play there are pieces of music mentioned from that era, so this could be a good starting point for you.
    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Britain-Since-1930-play-script-6001473/
    or look at the playlists from CDs lke these:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Number-Hits-1950s-fifties-50s/dp/B0019KDENA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314456222&sr=8-1
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Original-60s-Number-Various-Artists/dp/B000FILVLE/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1314456273&sr=1-2
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Hit-Singles-Ultimate-No-1s/dp/B000FIMGE0/ref=sr_1_5?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1314456324&sr=1-5
    You get the idea ...
    So many songs to choose from!

     
  3. Crowbob

    Crowbob Established commenter

    Maybe being too sensitive but is Makin' Whoopee (note spelling if you are going to use it) the most appropriate song for Year 6?
     
  4. Waterloo Sunset, When I'm 64, Roy Orbison. . . it's no good, I've lost the will to live
     
  5. Thats a really broad topic to choose from. What do you want to be able to do with the material? Do you want a running theme through all the numbers, any specific genre, any specific lyrical content? etc. I'm happy to offer some suggestions but at the moment they would be pretty random. Is this a listening exercise or do you want to the children to be able to sing/play them? If you can pin it down a bit more it would be easier to offer suggestions that might be helpful. Can you give a bit more guidance please?
     
  6. Hi,
    I did something similar to this many years ago with Y7. You could pick an influential style from each decade - eg
    50's - Rock and Roll (Elvis, Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard)
    60's - Beatles, Surfing Music from America (Beach Boys, etc)
    70's - Disco, Punk Rock
    80's - Rise of the Pop Video, Rap
    90's - Grunge, Hip-hop
    00's - YOU choose - you are probably younger and know them better!
    I wouldn't do Makin Whoopee. Not unless you have TOTAL control over your classes LOL! Are they just for fun or do you want to actually teach them something about the styles popular in each decade? Think about what the aim is and the music can be fitted around that. Don't worry - we've all had problems with planning before. Good luck.
    Susan
     
  7. This is a really interesting one. I have used this period of music to highlight the differences in being a child in the fifties/early sixties, and being a child today. There's a whole genre of music which has been overtaken by Simon Callow.


    Children in the fifties had their own popular music - check out a CD called "Hello Chilfdren Everywhere".

    Titles such as 'Nellie The Elephant' - 'The Runaway Train' 'You're A Pink Toothbrush', were broadcast on special children's radio shows - Uncle Mac???

    It's interesting to see pupil's reactions to this stuff after the diet of over sexualised pop they are used to.

    Give kids their childhood back I say!!!!

    John Gleadall

    www.musicals4kidz.co.uk
     

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