Start singing

Home learning focus

Learn to use the voice expressively and creatively by singing songs and using chants and rhymes.

This lesson includes:

  • a video about warming up
  • a video showing you how to sing call and response
  • three practice activities


Watch Gareth Malone's singing techniques to help your children warm up their vocal cords ready for singing.

Do some great singing warm ups with your children with the help of Gareth Malone.

Why do we warm up?

Warming up helps your whole body and your voice prepare to sing.

Like any physical activity, it's good to warm up to get your body ready.

Singing uses your vocal chords. Warming up it makes it easier to give your best and protect your voice.

Sing call and response

Now you've warmed up, let's sing a song. Watch Gareth Malone show you how to use call and response to sing Don't Worry Be Happy with your children.

Watch Gareth Malone show you how to sing Don't Worry Be Happy using call and response with your children.


Here are a few ways to practise singing:

Activity 1

Sing along with Play It!

Choose a song from the Play It game and sing along.

Explore the different elements that make up a song, play or clap along with the music and make then listen back to your own version of songs.

Play It! contains songs such as I am a Robot, Hands in the Air, Take You Home, Be in the Band, Bring the Noise and Spooky World.

Follow the in game instructions to explore the different modes.

Play It!

Activity 2

Sing a nursery rhyme

Pick your favourite nursery rhyme and sing along.

Sing nursery rhymes and songs

There's more to learn

Have a look at these other resources around the BBC and the web.

KS1 Music
KS1 Music
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