This feel-good song is written by Carrie and David Grant and we’re sure you’ll love it. It’s about all the ways you can raise your voice, not only in song, but also to express your feelings and ambitions.
Learn the song by listening to the performance track and clapping along to the beat. Listen out for the chorus (the ‘Raise my voice’ section). Can you count how many times it’s repeated? Here’s a clue – it’s between one and five! Listen to the song again and as you do, notice the catchy introduction (‘Eh, eh, eh’) and join in. The verses are quite ‘wordy’ so start by speaking the lyrics slowly to make sure that you can fit them all in.
What do you think the song is about? Look through the lyrics for some ideas. What words stand out? Do you think it’s about taking responsibility? Or perhaps building self-confidence, standing up against bullying or reaching for your goals? Have a chat with someone about one of these topics that interest you.
Here’s your chance to show off some moves. This song has a dance routine that goes with the chorus (the section that starts with ‘Raise my voice, make a noise’), which was specially choreographed (created) by the writers Carrie and David. Once you’re familiar with the song, learn the dance moves by watching the children in the recording from Jam Theatre Company. Start off slowly, learning a few moves at a time, and as you get more confident, put it all together. You could do a mini performance with singing and dancing.
The chant section is a series of statements. Try speaking them out loudly and clearly.
WORK TOGETHER? YES!
HIDE MYSELF? NO!
BE ME? YEAH!’
Can you think of other sentences you’d like to include? What about ‘TREAT PEOPLE FAIRLY? YES! LOOK AFTER THE EARTH? YES!’ Try writing four new lines for the chant section about things that you feel strongly about. Ask the question and then give the YES/NO answer. When you have written them, use the backing track to sing along using your new questions and answers, chanting them with confidence.
The song speaks about being the best you can: ‘I reach for my goal to be all I can be.’ Ask yourself – what are my goals?
Do you want to improve at something? Achieve a certain award? Maybe challenge yourself to learn something new? Follow these instructions:
This activity is about believing in yourself and finding creative ways to express yourself. Here’s what to do:
Affirmations are positive sentences (or statements) that can help you build your self-esteem. They are usually spoken out loud every day to help you feel strong and confident. The lyrics of the song have some – look:
Positive words are powerful! Make your own list of positive statements (between five and ten). You could choose from the ones below or try making up your own. These could include:
If you need some ideas, watch this Sesame Street What I am video where Will.I.am sings: ‘I’ll keep getting stronger. What I am is…thoughtful, musical, smart, brave, helpful, special, there’s nothing I can’t achieve because in myself I believe.’
Write out your list in your best handwriting and decorate it. Tape your list to the mirror in the bathroom and speak your positive affirmations out loud every day after brushing your teeth.
Politican for the day
Do you know who our prime minister is? If you ran the country, what would you do to make a difference to our country? Have a think and maybe chat to someone about the things you feel strongly about. Perhaps it’s about looking after the earth or looking after animals?
Read these lyrics from the song slowly: ‘Got something to say, got a difference to make, a part I can play and a role I can take’.
Do you agree that we all have a part to play? You are part of a family, of school life, your community and the wider world. Every young person can make a difference – just look at Greta Thunberg!