7. Starley's Inventions
It is easy to underestimate the contribution James Starley made to the development of the bicycle as we know it today. Without him, and the skilled workforce of Coventry’s former clock and watchmakers, we might still be riding round on boneshakers!
This song has a musical theatre style and requires a strong sense of performance. Encourage the children to develop the feel of conversation between Starley and his benefactors.
Identify parts - get to know the narrative of this song and understand how it passes between the charaters. Separate children into groups to take on the role of Starley KS2, benefactors and crowd, KS1.
Good diction required to establish the off-beat rhythm of ‘James Starley’ right from the start.
Intervals to watch out for in bars 8 & 10.
Build to a big finale - stagger breathing in order to sustain the final note (whilst employing jazz hands!)
Using the accents in the syncopated rhythm (bars 5, 14 & 24) will help to place the clapping within the bar.
Watch out for the 4 quavers that follow as these tend to become rushed.
♫ Listen to the Horrible Histories song with a mind-boggling / bewildering list of Victorian
Which of these inventions would you rank as the top 3 in importance?
Can you imagine your daily life without the things listed in the song!
💡 Research the many inventions of James Starley