KS1 Music: Sun, sea and song! 5: A sailor went to sea, sea, sea

Focus

  • Fast and slow

You will need...

...to be familiar with the words and music of the song. To have hands, voices and instruments ready for the activities.

Before you start...

Talk about what has happened so far. Nigel and Suki were rowing out to Golden Island. They have now almost reached the island.

Tutorial: A sailor went to sea, sea, sea

Nigel and Suki arrive on Golden Island and follow the map to a cave. Should they go inside?

  • Practise singing ‘sea, sea, sea,’ very clearly with a strong ‘S’ sound.
  • Practise the ‘slow, slow, fast, fast, fast,’ clapping.
  • Practise the rowing actions in ‘Row, boys, row’. Do it in time to the music.
  • Spot how the second verse of ‘Row, boys, row’ is different to the first verse. Which words change?

Song: 'A sailor went to sea, sea, sea'

Learn with the vocal version of the song.

Then polish your performance with the backing track.

Download / print the song lyric sheet.

Download / print the song music sheet.

Sing with the vocal version of 'A sailor went to sea, sea, sea'
Sing with the backing track of 'A sailor went to sea, sea, sea'

Song: 'Row, boys, row'

Learn with the vocal version of the song.

Then polish your performance with the backing track.

Download / print the song lyric sheet.

Download / print the song music sheet.

Sing with the vocal version of 'Row, boys, row'
Sing with the backing track of 'Row, boys, row'

Activity: Singing in two groups

Focus: slow and fast rhythms

  • The children clap - hands together and then tap knees - a slow rhythm, then a fast one.
  • The fast rhythm is twice as fast as the slower one. Notice that the pulse still stays the same. All music has a pulse - like a steady heartbeat. With the presenter, the children alternate between fast and slow.

Story: The Golden Crab - Part 2

Audio with scrolling text

The Golden Crab has overcome all the challenges set by the King and Queen but they still do not want him engaged to their daughter.

The Crab tells Rose he is under a witch's spell...if he reveals who he really is in public something worse will follow.

Meanwhile the King and Queen organise another challenge - this time to determine the fastest horse rider in the land.

Story transcript
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Listening music: 'By the Sleepy Lagoon' (composed by Eric Coates, 1930)

Focus: dynamics (quiet) / tempo (slow)

  • What are the dynamics of the music? (It is quiet and calm.)
  • Is the music fast or slow? (It is slow and has a relaxed feel.)
  • What does it make the children think of? Ask them to listen again, then share their ideas. The music would be good to describe Golden Island!
  • Can the children imagine the sea lapping gently against the beach and the wind rustling softly in the trees?
  • This piece of music is called ‘By the Sleepy Lagoon.’ Explain that a lagoon is a sort of sea lake. Do the children think this is a good title for the piece?

Resources

Teacher's Notes
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Song sheet
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Music sheet
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