Monthly Archives: November 2019

Teach a Class a Song! No Piano Needed!

Who has heard of Choon Baboon on YouTube? I discovered it today and just had to pass it on for any teachers out there with groups or classes they are thinking of doing some singing with in the run up to the Christmas hols.

First, do a warm up! See eg for one of those, complete with upper body, face, mouth and vocal chord warm up. Get the kids to stand up to do this preferably. If your group still needs a little more to get them in the mood for singing, try warm up 2 at

Then, you’re ready for your first song! Check out for example the teaching video for “superhero” at – decide if it’s the right level for your class, or choose a different one. I saw this one in action with a key stage 3 special needs group but it might be too young for many secondary school pupils. I liked this song for the group in question and they seemed to enjoy it too. They also liked another that the teacher led with sign language. So many possibilities with all this!

Once you’ve gone through the teaching video, try the singalong version at

Great for a nurture group to contribute to the Christmas show – and no piano needed!

An Afternoon with Rt Hon Rory Stewart: UCL, London, 6/12/19 at 3pm

Dear All,

Join us for an afternoon with the Rt. Hon. Rory Stewart on Friday 6th December, 15.00-16.00 at Medical Sciences Building, 131 AV Hill Lecture Theatre. 

Please secure a ticket at:

About the speaker:

Roderick James Nugent Stewart OBE FRSL FRSGS is a British politician who was Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border from 2010 to 2019. He served in several ministerial roles, including as Secretary of State for International Development in 2019. On 3 October 2019 Stewart announced he had resigned from the Conservative Party and would stand down as an MP at the next general election. He will stand as an independent candidate in the 2020 London mayoral election.

After receiving his education at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, Stewart became a diplomat, working in Indonesia and Montenegro. He left the civil service to undertake a two-year walk across Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal. He later wrote a best-selling book, The Places in Between, about his experiences. He subsequently served as a Deputy Governor for the Coalition Provisional Authority following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and wrote a second book covering this period, Occupational Hazards or The Prince of the Marshes. He later lectured at Harvard and worked for several non-governmental organizations, including as executive chairman of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation.


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Best Wishes,

IRS Committee

An evening with Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai – December 4th, 7pm, UCL

Join UCL International Relations Society for an evening with Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai.

About the Speaker:

Ziauddin Yousafzai is a Pakistani education activist best known as the father of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who protested against the Taliban’s opposition to the education rights of girls, especially for Pakistani girls. He is currently the Co-Founder and Board Member of Malala Fund and the author of Let Her Fly.

Mr. Yousafzai will cover his personal story as a teacher in Swat Pathan. He will also share his perspective on Malala’s activism and his personal thoughts on the development and future of equal education in Pakistan.

Register to attend at

Wednesday 4th December at 7pm, UCL… venue location details on Eventbrite page