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Muskham Primary create new marching songs for the Royalists and Parliamentarians

Pupils work with writer Dave wood

Pupils begin to work with Dave Wood

On 18th November 2010 Key Stage 2 pupils from Muskham Primary School took part in an exciting creative writing workshop led by Dave Wood (of Writing East Midlands) and musician Victor Scott.

The pupils had worked with their teacher Miss Francine Pimperton throughout the autum term to research aspects of the English Civil War.

Pupils had also been on a visit to Newark to take part  in a Civil War tour of the town centre led by staff from Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Museum team. Pupils visited the Castle, the Gilstrap Centre’s Castle and Conflict exhibition and were able to see some of the surviving buildings from the period and find out about the role they played during this turbulent time.

Pupils were devided into two teams of Royalists and Parliamentarians. Objects from the museums handling collections were used with as a starting point to spark initial  ideas for the songs.

 
Pupils handle a replica helmet.

Pupils handle a replica helmet.

Pupils clap out the beat as they read their verse

Pupils clap out the beat as they read their verse

Pupils try out rhythms with drums

Pupils try out rhythms with the drums

Pupils work with Victor Scott

Pupils work with Victor Scott

Victor Scott works with pupils from Muskham Primary

Victor Scott works with pupils from Muskham Primary

 

 Here are the words to the final songs that pupils created on the day of the workshop:

 Royalist Battle Hymn

By Muskham Primary School

The hat has a feather on it

This lady has a skirt and fits

The ball’s heavy and doesn’t sit

Da de da de da de da

Da de da de da de da

 

The helmet is very heavy!

The metal bar stops a sword swipe!

The drummers beat out the orders!

We will eat horse on the plate!

 

The plate is made out of metal!

You need a strong helmet to fight

We are marching into battle!

Parliamentarians die!

 

Pupils perform the final song with Victor Scott on drums.
Pupils perform the final song with Victor Scott on drums.

 

Parliamentarian Marching Song

By Muskham Primary School

The jester hat is drinking wine

The goblet is always on time

In Parliament they talk and talk

The Royalists they walk and walk

 

The Royalists they eat and eat

Drummers have a very good beat

The Royalists have a red flag

King Charles was a very mad man

 

The hat keeps my head warm it is black

She gets ready for work and she packs

The cannon ball is in a sack

Da de da de da de da

 

Destroy, Destroy, The Royalists!

They are, they are some spoilists!

They are some spoilists – Huh Huh

LALA  LA  LA  LA  LA  PUH  PUH

 

Silly Silly Royalists

Blast those Royalists    Na! Na! Na!

Bust Those Royalists    Fight! Fight! Fight!

Kill those Royalists!     Knight! Knight! Knight!

 

Working on rhythm.

Working on rhythm.

 

About this Sponsor

Newark and Sherwood Museum Service has a collection of over 70,000 objects. Millgate Museum is closed to visitors now as we are in the process of developing a new museum, with a National Civil War Centre, on the Old Magnus Buildings site Appletongate. This new museum will replace the exhibitions at Millgate and the Gilstrap Centre. At the Resource Centre we continue to offer a research service that gives everyone access to our collection of objects and archives and learning sessions for schools and groups in the community. Please ring 01636 655777 or 655730 to make an appointment.

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