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The Derby Ram

The original manuscript and notes –  Go to this link to download the “See the song/tune as collected (PDF file)

Audio of song:

Lesson Plan: Derby Ram Prep
Key stage 2 Years 5/6

Resources needed:
audio equipment to play music,
whiteboard to project text and write text.
Paper and pencils/pens.
In advance need to find the audio file and words on the website
Length of lesson 45-60mins

Learning Intentions:
• To Learn a traditional song
• Learn about rhyme and scansion
• Contribute to writing a song

What is a folk song?
• Not sung by professional musicians
• Passed down through families/communities/friends
• some songs are very old (often dating back to seventeenth century or earlier.
• Were often sung without any instruments.
• Edwardian era
• After the death of Queen victoria
• Before the first world war
• Lots of people working on the land
• The country was peaceful and wealthy
Cecil Sharp
• Collected over 1600 folk songs
• Also collected Morris dances

Derby Ram Lesson:

  • Ask children what they think a folk song is.
  • Tell them what a folk song is
  • Introduce the Derby Ram
  • Listen to song without the words displayed
  • Ask children what they can remember
  • Play song again with words and get the children to sing along
  • As a class choose a new type of animal.
  • in small groups write verses about the animal. The verses must follow the scansion
  • and rhyme scheme of the original. (longest part of lesson)
  • Get each group to share their verses,
  • Each group must choose one verse and these are put in order
  • With the whole class come up with a first verse which introduces the animal
  • Finish by singing the new song made up of the children’s verses.