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Year 3 Music

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This is an activity from the Music section of the What Your Year 3 Child Needs to Know resource book. To learn more about using Core Knowledge UK resource books, please visit the dedicated pages for teachers, parents, grandparents and home educators. To purchase What Your Year 3 Child Needs to Know, visit our shop. Also, sign up for the free Core Knowledge UK newsletter to receive updates about new resources and activities.


Songs - Bobby Shaftoe

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We encourage you to give your child a wide range of musical experiences: singing songs, listening to all kinds of music, dancing at home, attending local musical performances when possible. One of the best (and easiest!) activities is singing with your child. If you don't feel confident about your own singing voice, remember that the more you sing with your child, the more comfortable you'll feel, and the more you'll both enjoy music together. Here is one song for Year 3 children that we suggest for singing together.

Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea,
Silver buckles on his knee;
He'll come back and marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

[chorus]
Bobby Shaftoe's bright and fair,
Combing down his yellow hair,
He's my ain for ever mair,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's tall and slim,
He's always dressed so neat and trim,
The lassies they all keek at him,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.
[repeat chorus]

Bobby Shaftoe's gett'n' a bairn
For to dangle on his airm,
On his airm and on his knee,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.
[repeat chorus]

Bobby Shaftoe's been to sea,
Silver buckles on his knee,
He's come back and married me,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.


This activity is adapted from page 220 of What Your Year 3 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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