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Songs to Sing in Early Years

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Montana_x, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. Montana_x

    Montana_x New commenter


    I'm covering a Reception Class next week for a morning. I have been asked to take a song book with me, or just sing some songs with them?!?! Now my experience lies mainly with KS1 and Lower KS2, so I really don't know any songs (aside from Twinkle, Twinkle and Once I caught a Fish Alive!!) Can some one point me in the direction of a good website or book, thanks!!
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  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Some ideas for songs that I'm sure you will know:

    Incy Wincy Spider

    The Wheels on the Bus

    Five Currant Buns

    Five Little Ducks

    Five Little Speckled Frogs

    Ten In The Bed

    The Grand Old Duke of York


    If you want to take a book, any nursery rhyme book will do - your local library will have one you can borrow.

    "This Little Puffin" by Elizabeth Matterson is the Early Years teacher's bible in terms of classic little rhymes, poems and songs.

    I also have "Bingo Lingo" and "Tom Thumb's Musical Maths" by Helen MacGregor, and "Bobby Shaftoe, Clap Your Hands" and "Pat-a-cake, make and shake" by Sue Nicholls. These are not traditional rhymes but are simple and fun for children. Many of the songs are also suitable for KS1.
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  3. buzzylizzy

    buzzylizzy New commenter

    Some more song ideas...

    Everybody do this... (copy action, suggest new ones)

    Head, shoulders, knees, toes

    Wind the bobbin up

    If you're happy and you know it...
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  4. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    You can always change the words to existing songs to fit in with topics.
    eg 10 green bottles tune to a song about minibeasts. You could also change the type of minibeast each time. 10 buzzing bees, 9 wiggly worms...
  5. bedelicious

    bedelicious New commenter

    BBC schools radio is great, it has lots of songs on for nursery and reception.
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  6. rabbitace

    rabbitace New commenter

    Hope your lesson went ok.... don't forget to take a look at Out of the Ark Music, they have lots of songbooks for EY / KS1 with songs covering key topics, but also a single song download site called Song Calendar for those last minute songs with activities.
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