May

The most obvious day to celebrate in May is, of course, May Day. But, I’m sure you know all about that and, honestly, it’s been done to death. So, what else is going on in May? Well, one of my favourite competitions takes place, yes Eurovision! I know that it has suffered from accusations of vote fixing in the past and, I have to admit, I did prefer it when the entrants sang in their own language and wore national costume. Now it’s all a bit poppy and modern, but still good fun!

Learning With Songs

Songs are a great way to learn, so why not have a good old sing-a-long in honour of Eurovision? There are loads of songs for kids to enjoy, from traditional ones to educational ones to just silly ones. To help them learn the song, it might be a good idea to get the children to copy out the words first. This helps with memorising the song, gives them writing practice and they can look up any words they don’t know so they’re also learning new vocabulary.

What you’ll need:

The list of what you’ll need is pretty much the same as you needed for last week’s NaPoWriMo project. But, to save you having to go hunting for it, I’ve listed it again for you below:

A4 paper or card – pastel, intensive, white or our seasonal spring pack of card and paper will do the job perfectly

display paper

felt pens or crayons such as Berol Colourbroad gold or silver markers or Ferby colouring pencils

glue or Blu–tack

decoration:

glitter

acrylic jewels

coloured feathers

sand

iridescent glitter flakes

foam shapes

glitter dots

glitter stars

foam hands and feet

wax crayons

ready mix paint

What to Do:

get the children to write out their favourite songs on a sheet of A4 paper or card. Or, use the printout sheets below as templates to copy from

meanwhile, attach some display paper to the wall ready for the finished A4 sheets

when they’ve completed copying the words, it’s time for the fun bit – decorating!

once dry, fix the A4 sheets to the display wall using Blu-Tack

The Songs

There’s a variety of songs here, some to help with learning specific tasks, such as counting, others to learn new things, like body parts or another language, some that get the children up and moving and others are just for fun!

Don’t forget the fun dancing sequences that go with these:

A Ring O’ Roses, Oh Those Bones, The Wheels On The Bus.

If You’re Happy And You Know It

I’m A Little Teapot

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

Sing these in a round:

Do Re Mi

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Introduce some French with:

Frere Jacques

Alouette

Some counting songs:

Ten in The Bed

This Old Man

One Two

And Simply silly songs

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Pop Goes The Weasel

There’s A Hole In The Bucket

Waltzing Matilda

When you’ve finished with the display, take the songs down and get the children to fix them into their scrap books.

Diamond Jubilee Goodies

We are very happy to announce that we have lots of Union Jack goodies in stock, just waiting to make a special appearance at your fabulous Diamond Jubilee street parties. We’d advise you stock up early as we are sure they are going to sell out fast! We’ve got:

napkins

cups

plates

bowls

flags

bunting

tri-bunting

Get them quick!

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