Songs : Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Songs are a great way of learning a language. They help with pronunciation, vocabulary and rhythm. And kids (and adults) love them! Particularly if there are actions to go with them!

You don’t have to be an angelic singer to be able to use songs in your classroom.

The kids really won’t mind how terrible you are. Trust me, I’m terrible and they still ask me to sing (again, and again, and again). I always say that yes I will sing, as long as they help me. 🙂

signing in English Class

Singing the crocodile song (with actions)

My favourite song is the crocodile version of ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’:

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily.
Isn’t life a dream.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently to-and-fro.
If you row your boat to hard
over the edge you’ll go.

Row, row, row your boat
Down the jungle stream.
If you see a crocodile
Don’t forget to scream! Ah!


The scream (Ah!) at the end is very important. The kids (and teachers) love that bit the most.

The really keen amongst you could try doing it as a round, though you will need help from other people who understand what a round is and how it works.

But dust off the old playground songs, nursery rhymes, children’s chants and Christmas carols. Even TV theme tunes work; I’ve seen great versions of the chorus of the Happy Days song (“Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days…” etc. etc).

Invent actions for the songs if there aren’t ones that you know already (the bigger and bouncier, the better). Don’t worry about how good or bad your singing voice is. Just dive right in and sing along with the rest of them.

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