Singalong Learning Hits the Right Note
Singing their way through their times tables all adds up to sum fun for children in Ramsgate.
Pupils at Newington community primary school are in fine voice as they learn their Maths via specially written songs to help them understand and remember the information.
Head of Music Warwick Eldred sets the time table tunes to various styles of music and his latest in the style of Cockney stars Chas and Dave even won praise from them.
Mr Eldred contacted the music legends telling then he was using their ‘Rockney’ (Cockney rock) style for inspiration and piano player Chas Hodges replied saying it was an amazing idea and wished every success. He even said he hoped to visit the school to see the songs in action.
Mr Eldred has also created a videos using images to prompt the singalong learning, with pupils of all ages singing in class and also looking and learning using the videos on their school computers and tablets.
These are accessible via video and social media and is a way of engaging families into the children’s learning.
The Chas and Dave video for the six times table features animated graphics of the pair singing, plus images of London, which is the school topic for the term. These include pictures of The Queen, Tottenham Hotspur FC, actor Michael Caine, Winston Churchill, Peckham’s Del Boy and Rodney from Only Fools and Horses, Swinging London 60s icon Twiggy, and Mary Poppins.
This song finishes in true Cockney style with “have a butchers why don’t ya, at the six times tables song.
Mr Eldred said: “Children love to sing and using this to prompt their learning is an effective and fun way of delivering information.”
Head Teacher Cliff Stokes said: “This is just one of the varied learning aides we use.
“We have songs for all our core values - for example our school song reflects our ethos Ambition, Achievement, Aspiration.
“Creative learning is successful and it is something we embrace wherever possible.”
**For more information, contact Head Teacher Cliff Stokes on 01843 593412.