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Up, Down, In and Out!

Up, Down, In and Out!

Are you looking for new ways for children to explore positional language?  There are lots of different activities that you can do to help them develop this understanding, but have you thought about using music activities?  You could emphasise the positional language during songs, instrument time and listening to music activities.  Here are a few ideas:

Songs

Movement songs

Encourage the children to move their arms into the different positions as you say the positional language.  E.g.:‘Grand O…

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Counting: 1,2,3,4,5

Counting_ 1,2,3,4,5

I wrote a blog previously talking about counting backwards and someone asked if I could suggest songs for counting forwards.  So, I have listened and here it is. To read the counting backwards blog please click here: https://musicalabc.simplero.com/blog/4344-counting-5-4-3-2-1 

Here are some songs and rhymes that have counting forwards within them:

  • 5 fat peas in a peapod

  • When I was 1 pirate song

  •  1 potato, 2 potato... (this is a good one to change the object depending on the topi…

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Counting: 5,4,3,2,1

Counting_ 5,4,3,2,1

Music is a great way to help children develop mathematical concepts.  I even did research for my teaching degree dissertation on this: ‘An investigation into how music can help children’s learning in maths, especially in the concept area of pattern’

How can music help with counting backwards?

Songs and rhymes are brilliant at facilitating counting backwards and there are many to choose from.  Below I have listed those that I use:

  • 5 little ducks
  • 5 little men
  • 10 in the bed
  • 10 sausages
  • 5 l…

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