Joan del Rui

 

The Catalan collection

 

A resource for teachers

 

Compiled, translated, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

 

© Dany Rosevear 2010 All rights reserved

Updated 2011

 

Last updated: 1/8/2016 11:31 AM

 

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Contents

 

Introduction

The songs

Why teach Catalan through singing games?

Accompanying the songs

Guitar chords

Dance variations

Teaching the songs

Singing games 1-64

Index of song titles

Topic index

Listen to Catalan songs

Index of music resources

Acknowledgements

 

Return to the ‘Singing games for children’ home page to find the songs below

Find my Catalan playlist on YouTube



 

 

Joan del Rui

The Catalan collection

 

Singing games for 4-11 year olds

 

 

Introduction

 

Joan del Rui’ is a treasury of singing games. As The Catalan collection they are a resource for all teachers of young children, including their parents and carers. These songs in the Catalan language can be taught with or without actions but are enhanced by teaching the children movements either in small or large groups.

Principles followed in making this collection were:

·       resources are all in one place with a similar format for easy access

·       expertise as a musician or language teacher is not needed to use these pages

·       children learn a new language through participating in enjoyable activities

·       contribute to an active and creative curriculum and lifestyle for the 4-11 age group.

 

The songs in this collection are traditional singing games, mimes or dances that have been tried and tested over time. With my many years experience as an enthusiastic classroom teacher (Foundation Stage and Primary) I have:

·       selected songs from published sources, mainly on the internet

·       adapted or changed words , music and instructions for ease of teaching

·       translated into English to support teachers with a limited understanding of Catalan

·       grouped songs to link with topics

·       categorized suitability of games to specific age groups

·       suggested how to teach and accompany these singing games

·       provided a gateway to freely accessed supporting material on the internet.

 

This compilation has been produced to share my discoveries, for the pleasure they will surely give and to put a smile on the face of every child who participates in the games.

 


 

 


Joan del Rui

The Catalan collection

 

Els nśmeros i pedretas

Conillets a amagar

La gallina ponicana

La pedreta

La tortuga

Les pometes

Pedra, pedreta

En cos i anima

El ball de maniera

El ball de Sant Cornelli

En Joan Petit

Peu polidor

Si tu et vol divertir

Som els cavallers

Pica de peus

Els esclops de Pau

La dansa-sa

La sardana de l’avellana

La solipanta

Napoleó

Volta cap aqui

Gegant i petit

Balla el drac

El gegant del Pi

El tio fresco

Els petits putxinel li

En Patufet

Peix peixet

Un tren petito

Els animals

Arri arri tatanet

El bedriol

El lleó no em fa por

El ruquet valent

Escarbat bum bum

Jo tinc una cabreta

La petita granoteta

Mireu els meus ąnecs

Ploreu ploreu ninetes

Els oficis i la granja

Canēó dels colors

El ball de la civada

El ball de Sant Ferriol

El petit vailet

Els quatre llauradors

La pastoreta

Som els bombers

 

 

Aliments i beguda

Beurem una boteta

El dijous llarder

En Joan ve de la cuina

Jo tinc cinc pomes

Joan del Rui

La Caterineta

La coqueta amb sucre

La masovera

Olles, olles

Xim, na, na,

Xiriminimi

La tardor

La castanyera YouT

Les fulletes YouT

L’esquirol YouT

M’agrador la tardor

Pet patum

Soc un bolet YouT

Tres sis nou

De la nit, el dia i el temps

Ara plou, ara neva YouT

Dalt del diri

La lluna la pruna

Mireu alla dalt

Sol solet YouT

Trinco trinco

Vamos a cantar i ballar

A la vora de la mar

Ball de cercavila de Saląs

Ball dels mocadors

La bolangera

Picarel la

Sant Antoni i el dimoni

Tots els ocells que canten

 

 



Why Catalan singing games?

 

This collection of Catalan songs is not only for a limited audience of those who have emigrated from other countries and have settled in this area, it is also for those wishing their children to become familiar with the rich Catalan heritage of games and dances while beginning to grasp some understanding of the language.

The other audience are those who wish to access the fine Catalan musical tradition. The tunes and rhythyms of this area are often truly wonderful and have been determinately nurtured and preserved by a people with a strong sense of cultural and national identity. Many dances and games found in this book are unique to this region of Spain and dances such as the Sardana are symbols of unity and pride.

It is the aim of this collection to introduce the fresh, unfamiliar and also sometimes unexpectedly familiar materials into the learning environment through accessible translations.

 

The title ‘Joan del Riu’ was named after the popular eccentric Catalan character who makes his cheerful appearance at Carnival time in the streets of the towns and villages. He brings extravagant and strange goodies and most delightfully his spellbinding violin sets the populace, especially the local boys and girls a – dancing.

 

Why teach Catalan through singing games?

 

There are many good reasons for using singing games when teaching a foreign language.

 

·       play is a natural way for the child to communicate

·       singing games help develop social interaction with a partner or larger groups

·       rhyme and rhythm are effective ways to absorb language

·       singing games use children’s natural response to music

·       learning linked to action encourages participation

·       listening skills are sharpened with simple and then more complex instructions

·       language is in context and the traditions of other countries are introduced

·       a creative approach increases vocabulary as children are encouraged to make up new refrains, words and verses

·       pronunciation and intonation are absorbed naturally

·       foreign language is used for a real purpose, fostering a positive approach to language learning

·       above all, it allows lots of tremendous fun while learning, motivating even the most reluctant child.

 

Cross-curricula dimensions

 

The National Curriculum recognises the benefit of a cross-curricula approach. Teaching singing games in Catalan presents exciting opportunities to cover a range of subjects and themes other than the more obvious ones of language, physical education, PSHE & citizenship and music. Among these pages you will discover strands that cover geography, history, maths, science, religious education, cooking, healthy eating, teamwork, creative thinking and conservation.

 

Keep active

 

Children need to be active more than ever. Lifestyles and life at school can be sedentary but children learn best if periods of concentration are interspersed with relaxation. Whenever children are restless take a break, if only for five minutes, that’s plenty of time to enjoy a singing game and learn some French at the same time. Show how to re-arrange tables quickly and quietly to make space or, even better if the weather is fine, slip outside to enjoy the fresh air. A dedicated slot of 20 - 30 minutes each week is needed to learn these games.

 

An inspector calls

 

When an OFSTED inspector visited my mixed Foundation Stage and Year One class the first lesson she saw was of children enjoying singing games. She was delighted by their chuckles, smiles and obvious enjoyment with masses of energy being expended and lots being learnt. This initial impression favourably coloured the judgements made by OFSTED of my other lessons. No doubt the children were more alert and concentrated better in these lessons because of regular opportunities for movement.


Accompanying the songs

 

“For the best movement response children should move to their own voices” is excellent advice from Lois Choksy and David Brummit in their book 120 Singing Games and Dances for Elementary Schools. This approach leaves the teacher free to help children master sequences.

However, if you do not find it easy to hold a tune, accompany the song with a guitar as this can easily be put down when the need arises. A guitar is also invaluable to familiarise children with a song before attempting to introduce the movements.

The chord sequences below will help you accompany the songs. Remember your young audience will be tremendously impressed by even the most basic guitar playing!

 

Guitar chords

 

         E                   B7                  A                  A7                 D                Dm

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                       X                                                             X   

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¨

¨

¨

¨

¨

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          C                  G7                  F                  G                  D7                C7         

¨

¸

 

                                                 X                                        X

¨

¨

¨

¨

¨

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         Em               E7                Gm                  B                 Bb                Am

¨

                                                                                           

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¨

¨

¨

¨

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X = a string not to be played.

¨ or ¸ denotes the fingers on the left hand that hold down the string behind the fret shown. : pointing finger, ¨: middle, : ring finger, ¸: little finger.

 

These songs can also be accompanied using some of the delightful midis / mp3 files that can be found on the internet. At the back of this book you will find a list of mp3s, videos and CDs referenced to each song.

 

These include dedicated educational sites such as ‘ies ronda.org’ or ‘blocs.xtec.cat/dansaimusica’ where you can listen to the singing of enthusiastic youngsters. Also look out for the singing of Xesco Boix who did so much to popularize Catalan children’s songs. Use your whiteboard to play YouTube videos of children and townfolk dancing in their traditional costumes in the streets and schools.

 

Dance variations

 

The chart below indicates suitability of games for a specific age group. Do remember that older children will often enjoy the fun of a simpler game and some younger groups will rise to the challenge of more complex routines, especially in the summer term.

 

When choosing a song the level of language competence of the class is also critical. However, if these songs are introduced with confidence, children will invariably rise to the challenge and respond with enthusiasm.

 

Vary the type of dance you use, but ‘moving in place, then space’ often suit younger children and line formations are generally more suitable for the older ones.

 

Joan del Rui The Catalan collection

Age

group

Moving in space or place

Pair+ more games

(incl. in circles)

Simple circle games

Circle games with one + in the middle

Line games

4-6

 

Peix peixet

Arri, arri, tatanet

Jo tinc una cabreta

El ruquet valent

Les fulletes

L’esquirol

Pedra, pedreta

Som els bombers

La sardana de l'avellana

Els petits putxinel·lis

Ploreu, ploreu nineties

La Caterineta

Soc un bolet

Escarabat bum-bum

Sol, solet

Dalt del diri

Un tren petitó

5-7

 

La tortuga ballaruga

Conillets a amagar

La petita granoteta

 

En Patufet

El lleó no em fa por

Trinco, trinco

La pedreta

En Joan Petit

Els esclops d'en Pau

Volta cap aquķ

M'agrada la tardor

La lluna la pruna

Ara plou, ara neva

La gallina ponicana

La dansa-sa

El gegant del Pi

Xim, na, na, ną

Tres sis nou

Tots els ocells que canten

Napoleó

El bedriol

Mireu els meus ąnecs

Jo tinc cinc pomes

6-9

 

Som els cavallers

Si tu et vols diverter

El dijous llarder

Mireu allą dalt

Els quatre llauradors

Pet patum

Ball de cercavila de Saląs

Les pometes

Peu polidor

Balla el drac

Canēó dels colors

El petit vailet

Beurem una boteta

Olles, olles

Picarel·la

El ball de Sant Corneli

El tio fresco

La coqueta amb sucre

La solipanta

Xiriminimķ

A la vora de la mar

8-11

 

El ball de Sant Ferriol

La pastoreta

Joan del Riu

La castanyera

La bolangera

Sant Antoni i el dimoni

El ball de la civada

La masovera

Ball dels mocadors

El ball de la maniera

En Joan ve de la cuina


Teaching the songs

 

Gather the children close to you. When singing a song for the first time use its natural speed so children can appreciate the spirit of the song. Allow the children to learn the words and music of these songs thoroughly before attempting to teach the movements of each game, it is not easy for children to concentrate on both initially, especially when singing in an unfamiliar language. Indeed, you will often find that the less confident will be willing to follow the movements but will take some time before joining in with the words. Often, however, you will find these very same children are singing and impressing their parents in their new language at home!

 

The younger the children the more practice they will need. These children will also appreciate singing familiar songs regularly rather than learning a new one too often. Begin and end a session with old favourites.

 

As children become familiar with a song allow them to change words, make up new ones and suggest different actions or ways to improve performance.

 

Translations

 

It is hoped that where possible these songs will be sung in their home language. An English version is provided so children can enjoy the tunes before they have mastered Catalan. Literal translations do not always make sense to the English ear so these have been translated freely to complement the music and capture the spirit of the song.

 

You will find several untranslatable idiosyncratic words in these songs; these are just used to keep the rhythm and rhyme going.


Index of song titles

 

Song title

Song title

A la vora de la mar

 

La gallina ponicana

 

Ara plou, ara neva

 

La lluna la pruna

 

Arri arri tatanet

 

La masovera

 

Ball de cercavila de Saląs

 

La pastoreta

 

Ball dels mocadors

 

La pedreta

 

Balla el drac

 

La petita granoteta

 

Beurem una boteta

 

La sardana de l’avellana

 

Canēó dels colors

 

La solipanta

 

Conillets a amagar

 

La tortuga

 

Dalt del diri

 

Les fulletes

 

El ball de la civada

 

Les pometes

 

El ball de maniera

 

L’esquirol

 

El ball de Sant Cornelli

 

M’agrador la tardor

 

El ball de Sant Ferriol

 

Mireu els meus ąnecs

 

El bedriol

 

Mireu alla dalt

 

El dijous llarder

 

Napoleó

 

El gegant del Pi

 

Olles, olles

 

El lleó no em fa por

 

Pedra, pedreta

 

El petit vailet

 

Peix peixet

 

El ruquet valent

 

Pet patum

 

El tio fresco

 

Peu polidor 

 

Els esclops de Pau

 

Picarel la

 

Els petits putxinel li

 

Ploreu ploreu ninetes

 

Els quatre llauradors

 

Si tu et vol divertir

 

En Joan Petit

 

Sant Antoni i el dimoni

 

En Joan ve de la cuina

 

Soc un bolet

 

En Patufet

 

Sol solet

 

Escarbat bum bum

 

Som els bombers

 

Jo tinc cinc pomes

 

Som els cavallers

 

Jo tinc una cabreta

 

Trinco trinco

 

Joan del Rui

 

Tots els ocells que canten

 

La bolangera

 

Tres sis nou

 

La castanyera

 

Un tren petito

 

La Caterineta

 

Volta cap aqui

 

La dansa-sa

 

Xim, na, na,

 

La coqueta amb sucre

 

Xiriminimi

 


Topic index

 

`The songs

The topics

At the farm

At work

Creatures great and small

Colours and clothing

Counting and numbers

Food, fruit and vegs

Homes, gardens and stones

Dance, hop and jump

Days and nights

Saints and others

Musical instruments

My body

On the water

Position left and right

The seasons and time

Off we go!

Weather hot and cold

A la vora de la mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ara plou, ara neva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arri arri tatanet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ball de cercavila de Saląs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ball dels mocadors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balla el drac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beurem una boteta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canēó dels colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conillets a amagar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dalt del diri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El ball de la civada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El ball de maniera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El ball de Sant Cornelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El ball de Sant Ferriol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El bedriol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El dijous llarder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El gegant del Pi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El lleó no em fa por

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El petit vailet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El ruquet valent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El tio fresco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Els esclops de Pau