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Does Everybody Know?
Does Everybody Know by Nick Perrin - age 5 to 9 yrs - KS1, KS2 (1m 54s)
Theme - Harvest, where food comes from
Content - Where does our food come from? The shops and supermarkets, of course! "Chuck it in the trolley, check it out! Stuff it in a bag, wheel it out!" Wait a minute... No! "It comes from the earth, that's a fact." A great song for Harvest time, or alongside any food-related topic.
Driving My Tractor
Driving My Tractor by Jan Dobbins - 3 to 7 yrs - Early Years, KS1 (2m 37s)
Theme - Driving a tractor, farming, animals
Content - A fun song about driving a tractor and picking up various farm animals along the way. Children will love the tractor sounds! Listen to the Barefoot Books animated version of this song on YouTube HERE
This song is featured in Early Years songbook 'Zippety Zappy Zee'
Ever Wonder by Julie Newcombe - 7 to 11 yrs - KS2 (2m 38s)
Theme - the journey of life, adventure, curiosity, attempting new things, awe and wonder, perseverance, hope
Content - A great song for Y6 children, about to move on to new schools. As they transition from KS2 to KS3, this song poses lots of questions: 'Ever question what your life is for? What's beyond the next exciting door?'
A lovely memorable song that encourages children to see life as an adventure. With its simple structure, 'Ever Wonder' is very easy to teach. The optional harmony part is particularly effective, and there is a great lift with the key change at the end. Recommended for general singing or choirs, but as a unison song it is also very suitable for PSHE and assembly purposes.
First Day by Ruth Kenward - 5 to 11 yrs - KS1, KS2 (1m 52s)
Theme - leavers' song, change, hope, new school, new class, moving house etc.
Content - A new environment is a challenge, but this song encourages children: 'Everywhere you go take a smile with you!' Having a friendly, smiling manner and positive approach encourages others to accept us, and it's the best way to ensure that we'll soon feel at home. An excellent song with a warm, upbeat feel, 'First Day' is ideal for the end of the school year - especially as a leavers' song.
'First Day' has a partner story and complete assembly on the same theme. You can find this in 'Assemblies Alive KS1', which also contains 14 other assemblies, songs and stories.
Harvest Moon by Ruth Kenward - 5 to 11 yrs KS1, KS2 (2m 07s)
Theme - Harvest, night time, the moon, the countryside, nature
Content - A lyrical and very evocative song for Harvest time, conjuring up a moonlit field, rippling barley and wheat, a snowy owl in flight... delightful and very simple.
In The Race Of Life
In The Race Of Life by Ruth Kenward & Mark Dickman - 7 to 13 - KS2, KS3 (3m 17s)
Theme - Aiming high, taking part, team work, embracing challenges, leavers' song, Olympics, sport
Content - This song is about a race in which we all take part: the day to day race of life. An inspiring song about aiming high, seizing opportunities and finding the inner strength to cope with the race. Whether we're first or last, at least we're taking part! The song builds to a powerful finish, 'In The Race Of Life' has a positive and encouraging message, which makes it great for use as a school song, and for assemblies. Very effective harmonies also make this a good set piece for young choirs.
Only One World
Only One World by Nick Perrin - Age 7 to 11yrs - KS2 (2m 23s)
Theme - Global unity, sharing, Harvest, citizenship, environment
Content - An uplifting song on the theme of global citizenship, with an anthemic feel and inspiring message of unity. It's also a song with a difference for Harvest time, as it talks about the harvest to be reaped after we've sowed "seeds of understanding". An excellent choice for older juniors.
This song comes from the short musical 'Harvest Hope'
Stick To The Rules
Stick To The Rules by Ruth Kenward & Richard Neil - 5 to 7 yrs - KS1 (1m 43s)
________________Theme - abiding by rules________________
Content - a fun, upbeat song with a simple structure, about the importance of rules and how they make life easier. ‘Even the easiest game has rules to keep just the same!’ Particularly useful for PSHE and assembly.
This song has a partner story and complete assembly on the same theme. You can find this in 'Assemblies Alive KS1', which also contains 14 other assemblies, songs and stories.
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring by Nick Perrin - Age 5 to 11yrs - KS1, KS2 (2m 35s)
Theme - Seasons, Harvest, thankfulness, sharing, seeds, weather
Content - An appealing and easy-to-learn song for Harvest, which expresses thankfulness for the precious food that nature brings, as well as expressing the intention to share when we have plenty to spare.
The Books Of Life
The Books Of Life by Pete O'Hare - 7 to 13 yrs - KS2, KS3 (2m 37s)
Theme - life choices, love, hope, peace, trust, faith
Content - In life’s journey, what ‘book’ do we follow and where will it lead? The books are metaphorical – books of love, hope, peace, and trust – and the lyrics explore the purpose of ‘reading’ those books. And ‘will the story be retold, one day when we are growing old?’ A gentle, thoughtful song about choice of direction in life. Very suitable for assembly.
This song has a partner story and complete assembly on the same theme. You can find this in 'Assemblies Alive KS2', which also contains 14 other assemblies, songs and stories.
Turn, Turn by Nick Perrin - Age 5 to 9yrs - KS1, KS2 (1m 09s)
Theme - windmills, harvest, seasons
Content - This well-written and simple 3-part round is about a windmill, its sails going round, and the stones turning as they grind the grain. Very effective, easy to teach and ideal for Harvest.
When Seeds Grow
When Seeds Grow by Julie Newcombe & Ruth Kenward - 7 to 11yrs - KS2 (2m 29s)
Theme - seasons in life, seeds, nature, growth, development and maturity, spring
Content - This highly original song makes a parallel between seasons in our lives and cycles of growth in nature. Suitable for PHSE or assembly, and ideal for Harvest time. The optional harmonies and counterpoint are simple to learn, making this a great song for choir purposes, as well as for general singing and assembly.
This song also features in the songbook 'Songs For All Seasons'