5 times table song – Move (Little Mix)

Here is the lyrics file for Move, a song by Little Mix which was a hit at the end of 2013.

I had absolutely nothing to do with this!  A group of year 6 girls wrote the entire song.  I actually felt that it wouldn’t work because there were too many words, moving too fast, and it was too electronic to play live.  How wrong was I?  The girls wrote an amazing song, fitted in the times table in a very catchy way, and it was the band’s favourite tune to play.

5x Move lyrics

Here is the final version of the song, with the secondary school band performing.

Move (5 times table)

Here is the rehearsal file for the song, exported from Sibelius.  We decided to double the chorus (“1, 1 times 5 is 5…”) so I’m afraid this file is out of sync with the lyrics and the final version of the song.  On this file the first chorus is only half the length.  Hope this makes sense!

5x Move – rehearsal file

4 times table song – What Does The Fox Say

Here is the lyrics file for What does the fox say.  This was based on an idea from a group of year 5 children.

4x Fox lyrics

Here is the final version of the song, with the secondary school band performing.

What does the Four say

Here is the rehearsal file for the song, exported from Sibelius.  We decided to add the Bridge (“the secret of the fours”) after I had put together this file so it is on the final recording above and in the lyrics file, but not this rehearsal file.

4x What does the fox say – rehearsal file

6 times table song – Happy

Here is the lyrics file for Happy.  Lots of children were persuading me to do this song, which had been a massive hit over the previous few months, although it was early days in the project so I was still writing the lyrics.

6x Happy lyrics

Here is the final version of the song, with the secondary school band performing.

Happy (count along in 6)

Here is the rehearsal file for the song, exported from Sibelius.  We decided to add the bridge (“Bring me down”) after I had put together this file, so it appears in the lyrics and the final version above, but not this rehearsal file.  We decided to cut the high “Happy happy happy happy” bit after trying it a few times and being deafened by the cacophony!!

6x Happy – rehearsal file

8 times table song – Don’t Stop Believing

Here is the lyrics file for Don’t Stop Believing.  The __  __ gaps at the start of each line are to indicate the rests – in other words, how many beats to be silent before starting to sing the line.

8x Don’t stop believing lyrics

Here is the final version of the song, with the secondary school band performing.

Don’t Stop Believing (8 times table)

Here is the rehearsal file for the song, exported from Sibelius.

8x Don’t stop believing – rehearsal file

 

Recording a CD!

We linked up with a local secondary school and took 180 year 5/6 children to record a CD of our 6 times tables tunes with a live band of year 12 students.  As well as being an amazing experience for everyone, this contributed to the students’ A-level portfolios (modules on music performance and music in the community).  It was an amazing day and we now have masses of ideas of how to collaborate further!  Our ideas involve Maths, English, Music and Business Studies across both schools.  I’ll blog about it if/when things happen.

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See this writeup on our Federation’s website

Although you don’t need to be a music specialist to run the times table project in your school, you do need someone skilled in music to run the collaboration.  This could be a primary or secondary teacher, or even the music students.  I created musical arrangements using Sibelius, which exports pdf files and sound files of the whole tune and of each individual part, so the A-level students could prepare in advance.  I then went to 5 hours of A-level music lessons to rehearse.

The recordings are in the Teacher Resources section of this blog.