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.


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.

Introduction to the Musical Times Tables project

At Summerhill Academy in Bristol our year 5’s and 6’s have been learning their times tables to various pop songs – Mamma Mia, Don’t Stop Believing, Happy etc.  Initially these were chosen by me, but as the children got more into the project they started making suggestions and then wrote their own songs.  In some cases I helped decipher the children’s ideas, and in other cases children did the songwriting on their own and came back with a complete song that needed no work from me at all.

Although I am a piano player, you don’t need to play a musical instrument to run this project – you can just download the music files and play them to your class.  You need 3 files to teach each song

  • the lyrics file
  • the final sound file – so the children can hear how the lyrics fit to the music
  • the rehearsal sound file – with the instrumental backing but no vocals

I have put the files for each song in a separate blog post in the “Teacher Resources” category.  Either click “Teacher Resources” on the menu bar at the top of the page, or this link

I have set up this website to share all the resources and to make links with other schools.  Please download them, use them and let me know how it goes.  If your children want to create their own songs please do record them and upload them to this website so we can hear them and play them to our children!  And let me know if you want to do a shared Skype lesson/assembly so our children can sing the songs to each other.