The Derby Ram
Audio of song:
Lesson Plan: Derby Ram Prep
Key stage 2 Years 5/6
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 www.glostrad.com website
Length of lesson 45-60mins
• 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
• 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.