WATCH: How to use sea shanties to teach times tables

Sea shanties are all the rage on social media – and now one teacher is using them to help children learn times tables

Emma Seith

WATCH: How teachers can use sea shanties to teach times tables

“When we sing, it helps us learn,” intones primary teacher Hannah MacGregor to the tune of a sea shanty, before she starts counting in fives.

Sea shanties have hit the big time thanks to Scottish former postman Nathan Evans, who became famous on TikTok for singing the centuries-old songs traditionally sung by sailors.

Sea shanties make learning times tables fun

Now Evans has signed a deal with Polydor Records – and P4-5 (ages 7-8) teacher Ms MacGregor has had more than 16,000 views on Twitter after using iMovie to adapt the genre for the virtual classroom at Tulliallan Primary, her school in Fife, in the east of Scotland.

One teacher replied on Twitter: "Amazing! I will definitely be sharing this with my learners!"

A mother of a seven-year-old girl said that "she’s not too keen on times tables but loves this song, thank you".

Another response read: "When you think outside the box, children learn and you educate."

Register to continue reading for free

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you

Emma Seith

Emma Seith

Emma Seith is a reporter for TES Scotland

Find me on Twitter @Emma_Seith

Latest stories

Revisions Coronavirus and schools: LIVE 26/2

Coronavirus and schools: LIVE 26/2

A one-stop shop for teachers who want to know what impact the ongoing pandemic will have on their working lives.
Tes Reporter 26 Feb 2021