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Singing the song

In everyone there is music and rhythm, but sometimes it is trapped. What a wonderful feeling to be released to sing and enjoy music, especially with others.


On this page are a few examples of songs that are easy to adapt depending on what topic you’re covering.

Childrens’ songs which are easy to adapt

Three Craws                                                                                                                                                         

The Farmer’s in the Dell                                                                                                                            

London’s Burning!                                                                                                                                          

Frere Jacques (eg)                                                                                                                                             

Twinkle Twinkle                                                                                                                                                  

The Wheels on the Bus                                                                                                                                      

This is the way we wash our face… 

I had a little nut tree                                                                                                                                            

If you go down to the woods today (eg)                                                                                                           

Scarecrow song                                                                                                                                    

Three blind mice                                                                                                                                                    

Ten green bottles                                                                                                                                           

Head, shoulders, knees and toes                                                                                                                      

It’s raining! It’s pouring!  

Here’s some examples of songs and recordings, with examples of adaptations!

Katie Bairdie (a traditional song)

Create a dance or a story around this? What other verses?  

Katie Bairdie had a coo, it wis black aboot the moo

Wasn’t that a dainty coo? Dance Katie Bairdie.

Dirrum a doo a doo a dey dirrum a doo a daddy o!


Katie Bairdie (traditional)


Autumn song (tune Frere Jacques)

I like autumn I like autumn

Butterflies, passing by

The leaves are driftin down

Red, yellow, green and brown

Colder nights! With stars so bright!

G Banks silverhaar 2013

I Like Autumn – adapted from ‘Frere Jacques

Seashore (If you go down to the woods today)                                                                                                            

If you go down to the sea today you’re best to go at low tide

If you go down to the sea today, you’re best to go with open eyes

For in every rock pool that ever there was

Are gathered creatures together because

This is where they like to swim when the tide’s out!

Nature of the wood (If you go down to the woods today)   

If you go down to the woods today there’ll be trees both big and small  

If you go down to the woods today you’ll see plants and beasties crawl  

The birds they sing, the insects fly  

The animals sniff as they patter by  

For this is the place the creatures live in safety                                                                                                 

G Banks silverhaar copyright 2013

Songs adapted from ‘If You Go Down to the Woods Today

Grace Songs – please feel free to use/adapt, acknowledging author 🙂

A Wild Place G Banks silverhaar copyright2013

White clouds blown through a dark sky

Trees, flowers and mountains so high

Rivers flow down to the sea’s shore

So much joy for you and I

Touching the sky exploring the green

Discovering a wild place where I’ve never been

Seeing the beauty of all that’s around

Sharing with others of what we have found

We can look and smell and hear things

In the green woods and on the soft ground

Birds are singing on the branches

Passing deer, they make no sound

Touching the sky exploring the green….

‘Touching the sky’ by Grace Banks

Our Wonderful World

Colours all around me

Leaves fall from the trees

Birds fly through a windy sky

But the buds of next Spring are here!

Autumn has come

Winter will come

Spring it will come

Then summer it will come!

G Banks silverhaar copyright2013

Our Wonderful World’ by Grace Banks

2 thoughts on “Singing the song

  1. Thank you for sharing these!
    Found you through the Forest school Teachers Facebook group.


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