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Ian Rae a.k.a. "Badly Drawing Grandpa", is a Scottish musician/writer/teacher living in London. His music has been used on TV, radio, adverts and theatre and he is now producing silly songs and (badly drawn) videos to amuse & teach little children, & creating songs to help introduce KS1 topics. His songs and videos are also available free on his Thoughtz4Totz website and Thoughtz4Totz and Thoughtz4kidz Youtube channels for preschool & primary children (& parents & grandparents)

Ian Rae a.k.a. "Badly Drawing Grandpa", is a Scottish musician/writer/teacher living in London. His music has been used on TV, radio, adverts and theatre and he is now producing silly songs and (badly drawn) videos to amuse & teach little children, & creating songs to help introduce KS1 topics. His songs and videos are also available free on his Thoughtz4Totz website and Thoughtz4Totz and Thoughtz4kidz Youtube channels for preschool & primary children (& parents & grandparents)
Shed No Tears For Me - Remembrance Day Poem, Song and Video
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Shed No Tears For Me - Remembrance Day Poem, Song and Video

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A very short Remembrance Day song and video which could also be read as a poem. It was written by me in memory of my grandfather Private John Rae, a Scotsman killed in action in Belgium in 1916, serving in the Canadian Army. The video was shot on a visit I made to Ypres and the Menin Gate in 2016, and is mostly filmed around Sanctuary Wood Cemetery on the outskirts of Ypres. I have also included jpgs of my Grandfather’s name in the Canadian Book of remembrance, and both sides of an embroidered photograph he sent to his wife and baby, only four days before his death. Also included is a PDF of background information about my grandfather and information about the shooting of the video. The lyrics of the song / video are as follows Shed No Tears For Me If some day passing by you should chance on where I lie in silence Shed no tears for me Soldier’s grave, marked in stone In a world where all that’s known is silence Shed no tears for me Only imagine me in the sunlight warm and free Singing in the summer breeze Floating on the restless seas till time stops Shed no tears for me Soaring with the skylark’s song Dancing to the rhythm of the rain drops Shed no tears for me Shed no tears for me
The Vikings - Total Song Pack
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The Vikings - Total Song Pack

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Quite a dramatic song about the Vikings and the less publicized aspect of their lives. You can watch the video to see if it suits your requirements, and download the voice mp3, the backing track mp3, the lyrics and the sheet music for the song. The lyrics are as follows They sailed in their long boats from far across the seas What were they called? The Vikings From A D seven hundred for four centuries What were they called? The Vikings They robbed all the villages took all that they could take They burned and they pillaged and they caused so much heartache But if you think that’s all they did you’re making a mistake What were they called? The Vikings For fishing exploring and farming they were known What were they called? The Vikings In England King Canute and Harold reached the throne What were they called? The Vikings We see them as fighting men but they were so much more Their Viking Gods like Thor and Odin gods we can’t ignore And when they reached the end in burning ships they left the shore What were the called? The Vikings
Florence Nightingale - Total Song Pack
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Florence Nightingale - Total Song Pack

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A short song for young children with some basic information about KS1 Topic Florence Nightingale, her work in Crimea and outlining her contribution to nursing. The lyrics are as follows Florence Nightingale We must never fail To know the things you taught the world to do You set out to bring help to soldiers suffering Nursing changed so much because of you In the dead of night Your lamp brought new light And in Crimea you showed what to do Florence Nightingale We will never fail To recognise the debt we owe to you The song could be used as an introduction to the topic of Florence Nightingale, as a means of memorizing the basic facts or even as the soundtrack to a little video using drawings by the children The resource pack contains an mp3 of the song, an mp3 backing track, sheet music and lyrics
Let's Go On Holiday - Total Song Pack
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Let's Go On Holiday - Total Song Pack

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A bouncy little children’s song suitable for most ages but designed for the KS1 topic “Let’s Go On Holiday” and offering suggestions of holidays and what to pack. You can watch the video to see if it suits your requirements, and download the voice mp3, the backing track mp3, the lyrics and the sheet music for the song. The lyrics are as follows Let’s go on holiday Where shall we go? The seaside or country side or somewhere with snow? Shall we go by aeroplane bus motor or boat? Shall I pack my swimming costume or take a big coat? Let’s go on holiday To France or Spain If we take some sun tan cream it’s likely to rain Shall we try a city break to Paris or Rome? We’ll all have a holiday then we’ll all come home
We Love London - Preschool Video, Song & Sheet Music
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We Love London - Preschool Video, Song & Sheet Music

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A very silly (slightly satyrical) video, song and sheet music about some of the principal landmarks around London. More little characters from Ian Rae (a.k.a Badly Drawing Grandpa) at The Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace (for orange squash and biscuits with the queen), the London Eye and The Houses of Parliament
Halloween - Total Song Pack
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Halloween - Total Song Pack

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A children’s song suitable for most ages on the subject of Halloween. You can watch the video to see if it suits your requirements, and download the voice mp3, the backing track mp3, the lyrics and the sheet music for the song. Ideal short sound track if you decide to produce your own video for Halloween!!!
Penelope Meets Jeremy - A Fascinating Experiment on the Power of Underscoring
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Penelope Meets Jeremy - A Fascinating Experiment on the Power of Underscoring

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This is a really interesting five minute experiment which demonstrates the power that music has on our lives. It can be done with children of most ages and adults. Here are the instructions Select a male and female pupil / adult to read the the dialogue below Get them to read the dialogue with no underscoring Get them to read the dialogue again with the 4 pieces of music as underscoring.a) Brass band at the seaside b) Love theme c) Night Club d) Suspense /Horror The mood will change with each piece of music and in most cases the people reading will react to the music in their delivery of the dialogue Just download the Instructions/script and the background music. The Youtube video gives you some idea of how it goes. All the music in the underscoring was composed by me so there is no problem with copyright There is also a Karaoke version of the video now on the Thoughtz4Kidz Yutube channel which allow you to just read the dialogue with the underscoring but no voices
Well Done MiniBeasts - Invertebrates Are Great - Total Song Pack
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Well Done MiniBeasts - Invertebrates Are Great - Total Song Pack

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Short song/video to introduce KS1 topic MiniBeasts -listing some of the invertebrates likely to be found in the iar and on the ground. The pack contains a link to the video, mp3 downloads of vocal and backing track, lyrics and sheet music The lyrics are as follows It’s great to be invertebrate it’s great to be invertebrate Wasps and bees worms and slugs Ants flies ladybirds and lots of other bugs In the air on the ground Little minibeasts are all around It’s great to be invertebrate it’s great to be invertebrate Wood lice spiders moths butterflies Minibeasts come in ev’ry shape and size At cleaning up they are first rate Well done minibeasts - invertebrates are great It’s great to be invertebrate It’s great to be invertebrate It’s great to be invertebrate - it’s great!
Come To The Circus - Total Song Pack
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Come To The Circus - Total Song Pack

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A children’s song suitable for most ages on the subject of the circus and the acts that can be seen there You can watch the video to see if it suits your requirements, and download the voice mp3, the backing track mp3, the lyrics and the sheet music for the song. The lyrics are as follows Why don’t you come to the circus with me That’s where we’ll all have some fun Acrobats jugglers and clowns all to see Something there for ev’ ry one Watch the young girl on the flying trapeze See the young men walk the tightrope with ease Men eating fire I just hope they don’t sneeze Something there for ev’ ry one Come to the circus have fun Why don’t you come to the circus with me That’s where we’ll all have some fun Horses and elephants there just to see Something there for ev’ry one People on stilts oh just look at their height The strong man is someone I’d not choose to fight A man throwing knives at a girl that’s not right Missing her with ev’ ry one Come to the circus have fun
The Pied Piper - Total Song Pack
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The Pied Piper - Total Song Pack

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The whole story of the KS1 topic The Pied Piper and the town of Hamelin - in quite a jazzy style. The song pack contains Vocal mp3, Backing track mp3 , music score and lyrics
Gunpowder Treason and Plot
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Gunpowder Treason and Plot

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A short song for children about the KS1 Topic The Gunpowder Plot, with some of the basic facts about the plot and Gut Fawkes. The lyrics are as follows Long long ago in 1605 Some men had an evil thought To kill King James the First they did contrive A gunpowder treason plot We still remember the fifth of November And we think of the gun powder plot To Parliament a secret letter sent Meant Guy Fawkes and the plotters were caught Guy Fawkes and the plotters were caught The song could be used as an introduction to the topic of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, as a means of memorizing the basic facts of the event, or even as the soundtrack to a little video using drawings by the children The resource pack contains an mp3 of the song, an mp3 backing track, sheet music and lyrics
London Is Burning - Total Song Pack
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London Is Burning - Total Song Pack

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Not to be confused with the “London’s Burning” this is a new short song for young children / teachers providing some information about the KS1 topic The Great Fire of London in 1666. The lyrics are as follows In sixteen hundred and sixty six There was a fire in Pudding Lane The houses were wooden not made with bricks And the weather was hot with no rain London is burning, by day and by night For four days the flames leap all around London is burning what a terrible sight As London is burned to the ground London is burned to the ground The song could be used as an introduction to the topic of The Great Fire of London, as a means of memorizing the basic facts of the event, or even as the soundtrack to a little video using drawings by the children The resource pack contains an mp3 of the song, an mp3 backing track, sheet music and lyrics
Christopher Columbus - Total Song Pack
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Christopher Columbus - Total Song Pack

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This is a very tongue in cheek song about Christopher Columbus discovering America. The lyrics are as follows In fourteen hundred and ninety two Christopher Columbus set sail with his crew To reach the Indies was his intent But without Google maps that is not where his ships went The two month voyage didn’t go as planned In America his three ships reached dry land And since that day everybody knows his name For discovering America we know now who to blame For discovering America we know now who to blame Feel free to change the last 2 lines to For discovering America he’s had a lot of fame The song pack comes with Vocal mp3, Backing track mp3, Lyrics and Sheet Music
Really Silly Songs - Total Song Pack
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Really Silly Songs - Total Song Pack

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A really silly song about the benefits of really silly songs. The chorus (which is very easy to learn) works as a counterpoint with the verse so two groups of children (or 2 soloists) can produce a really silly song in almost perfect harmony. Please watch the video to get the idea. The pack comes with vocal and backing track mp3s plus lyrics and full sheet music score for 2 parts plus piano
The Best Years Of Your Life - Total Song Pack
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The Best Years Of Your Life - Total Song Pack

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Very bouncy, very tongue in cheek song about schooldays being the best years of your life. Can be used a solo, group or choir piece and comes with sheet music, vocal version, backing track and lyrics. The video gives both the song and the lyrics with our little teacher doing a better job of keeping time than counting
We're Leaving School - School Leavers Song - Total Song Pack
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We're Leaving School - School Leavers Song - Total Song Pack

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A primary school leavers song - ideal for primary school prize giving as a solo or choir piece - probably as near you can get to a school leavers pop anthem Watch the video the video to get an idea of the song. Comes with vocal track, backing track, lyrics and sheet music
When You Imagine - It's All Up To You - Total Song Pack
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When You Imagine - It's All Up To You - Total Song Pack

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Charming little song for children which can be formed as a solo, or as a choir piece - all about using your imagination when you’re on your own or with friends. The video (complete with mini conductor) gives you an idea of the song and lyrics, and you can download vocal version, backing track, lyrics and sheet music