Rattling along the railway tracks, this traditional children’s song captures the feel of a rollicking train ride. We wait on the platform until we hear the whistle blow and we’re off on a wonderful ride. Children can see the song in musical notation and the puffs of steam show the melody, too.
Children experiencing the song alongside the images can discover the connection between sounds and symbols. By seeing the music they are hearing, children can set off along the track of reading music for themselves.
discover melodic contour: pattern of sounds·
discover connection between sounds and visual representation·
develop in tune singing voice·
solo singing opportunity (game)·
practise beat passing (game)
practice inner hearing (follow up activity)