The Norfolk Turnippe Song

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Challenges at Home:

Challenges at School:

  • Learn to sing the song and adapt it to create your own version. 
  • Use tuned and untuned percussion instruments to accompany your singing.
  • Try some of the other Norfolk Songs from the Singing Histories project.
  • The reputation of Norfolk for turnips dates from the time of ‘Turnip’ of Rainham (1674 – 1738) who introduced the cultivation of turnips on a large scale, and devoted himself to the improvement of agriculture. Explore other foods that Norfolk is famous for. 
  • Find out about the history of the turnip, from Roman to current times.
  • Explore vegetables that have recently been developed eg kalettes and caulishoots. Design your own veg!

The Norfolk Turnippe Lyrics


The Norfolk Turnippe Lyrics & Chords


The Norfolk Turnippe Backing Track

The Norfolk Turnippe Instrumental Backing Track

Body Percussion

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Challenges at Home:

  • Can you create a family percussion piece? Base it on the one here and then invent your own!

Challenges at School:

  • Follow the instructions to create your own body percussion and then make your own group pieces.
  • Watch this wonderful piece from the BBC’s Ten Pieces and use the accompanying teaching resources.

Britten Sinfonia

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Challenge at Home:

  • Scan the QR code and enjoy the whole concert from the comfort of your own home.

Challenge at School:


Create a Soundscape

Find out how to make a soundscape at home with Norfolk Music Hub. For this activity you will need access to a free app called “Soundtrap” on a device. If you are under 14 do get permission from an adult to do this before you start. 

For more ideas and information about Norfolk music hub.

Suggested Resources

Challenges at Home

  • Can you create a family soundscape using all your voices?
  • What sounds are particular to your home to give you a sense of place?
  • Make a soundscape inspired by your local area to send to an older sibling or a family member who hasn’t been home recently to remind them of what home sounds like.
  • Listen to soundscapes made by others – can you guess the place?
  • No technology? Create a body soundscape to accompany your favourite book, “We’re going on a bear hunt” is a good starter for young children.

Challenges at School

  • Use your current school topic / class read as an idea for a starting point and create a group soundtrack.
  • What is your favourite place in Norfolk? Create a soundtrack to remind you of what it feels like to be there.
  • There are lots of ideas for listening and creating music for 7-14 year olds on BBC Ten Pieces.
  • Listen to the sound of a Norfolk wood from the British Library.

Syncopation with Tim Hodson

 Tim Hodson is a drummer, percussionist and arranger working in Norfolk. He has worked with many artists through the grime, dance, rock and reggae sectors.

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Challenge at Home

  • Clap or use pots and pans to beat rhythms to play along to your favourite music.
  • Make your own percussion instruments

Challenge at School