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Suziki Sat 10-Feb-18 20:51:58

Dear all,
My friend's son has just turned 8 and is in yr2. There is a newly graduated class teacher who introduced the Forest of Doom by Ian livingstone ( which is an interesting fantasy book but really for early teens and not 7_8yr olds) last month using the book and interactive version as a gami ng book. It gave him nightmares and my friend was told by the head that they couldn't change a lesson plan for one child.

My friend wasn't impressed with this response understandably and now the same class teacher has given out Baz Luhrmann's 'Everybody's free to wear sunscreen' to the class to sing at assembly.

I agree with my friend that the song is too heavy and in some parts pretty inappropriate and creepy for 7 year olds to sing. What do you think?

The lyrics are as below

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '99
Wear Sunscreen
If I could offer you only one tip for the future,
Sunscreen would be it
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience...
I will dispense this advice now...1

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth
oh nevermind;
you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded
But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself
and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked...

You are not as fat as you imagine
Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
never crossed your worried mind

the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday

Do one thing everyday that scares you

Lyrics continue below

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts

don't put up with people who are reckless with yours

Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind...

the race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself
Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults

if you succeed in doing this, tell me how

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life...
the most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives
some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't

Get plenty of calcium
Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't
maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't
maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding
what ever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either
your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's

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Enjoy your body

use it every way you can...

don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it

it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own

Dance...even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them
Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly

Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good
Be nice to your siblings
they are the best link to your past
and the people most likely to stick with you in the future

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle

because the older you get
the more you need the people you knew when you were young
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard
live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft
Accept certain inalienable truths
prices will rise
politicians will philander
you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young
prices were reasonable
politicians were noble
and children respected their elders
Respect your elders
Don't expect anyone else to support you
Maybe you have a trust fund
maybe you have a wealthy spouse
but you never know when either one might run out
Don't mess too much with your hair
or by the time you're 40, it will look 85
Be careful whose advice you buy, but
be patient with those who supply it
Advice is a form of nostalgia
dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off
painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth
But trust me on the sunscreen

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xxRedxx Sat 10-Feb-18 21:06:28

Why don't you admit that this isn't about your friend? Clearly you don't like this teacher... are kids really that bothered about the lyrics of some song at that age???
Get a life!

Jaimx86 Sat 10-Feb-18 21:08:19

I think that's a great song to do.

SmilingButClueless Sat 10-Feb-18 21:11:19

I would have thought that most 8 year olds would be completely bored by the song tbh.

Anasnake Sat 10-Feb-18 21:11:34

Don't see the issue at all and I read all the Ian Livingstone/Steve Jackson books at primary - they were around in the 80's

SD1978 Sat 10-Feb-18 21:13:15

Don’t have an issue with the song. What was the issue with the book? Did every other child like it? Is your friends son sensitive? Or were there several unhappy kids? I think now you/she/ whoever is looking for reasons to get annoyed. What’s wrong with the song? It basically espouses don’t be a dick and focus on unimportant things. Why is that above their comprehension? She needs to back off

ScarlettDarling Sat 10-Feb-18 21:13:54

Love the song!

PhilODox Sat 10-Feb-18 21:14:36

Sounds like wise advice...

BrutusMcDogface Sat 10-Feb-18 21:15:47

I love it but I do agree it would go right over my 8 year old's head, hence you're right abc it is inappropriate.

irvineoneohone Sat 10-Feb-18 21:16:23

I think children that age don't really think about lyrics of the song they are singing. And even if they did, I don't see any inappropriate things for 7/8 years old.

BrutusMcDogface Sat 10-Feb-18 21:17:04

I just think most 7-8 year olds are still a little egocentric to really get the lyrics; they are quite complicated and with adult themes.

BrutusMcDogface Sat 10-Feb-18 21:17:55

Anyway, as I recall, it's more of a monologue than an actual song, isn't it?

CherieBabySpliffUp Sat 10-Feb-18 21:20:17

I can't see what your problem is with the lyrics

sakura06 Sat 10-Feb-18 21:22:47

The song is maybe a little old for them
in the sense they might not completely understand it, but it's not 'inappropriate' in the sense of being rude or about very 'adult' themes. I'm not sure how they'll sing it though...

OlennasWimple Sat 10-Feb-18 21:23:08

Um, those aren't lyrics. It isn't sung, it's spoken over the track.

What's the real issue here OP? Half term already?

DonkeyOil Sat 10-Feb-18 21:23:38

It's going to be a mighty long assembly! Hope Reception don't get restless. Assembly items/songs should be short and sweet at that age.

ScreamingValenta Sat 10-Feb-18 21:27:01

I used to love the Fighting Fantasy books as a child in the 80s!

Scabetty Sat 10-Feb-18 21:32:21

After a term of non stop demands from parents who think their child is the only child in the class/school I think my Head would tell your friend to take her child to another school.

Suziki Sat 10-Feb-18 21:33:37

Hmmm for those who think I am being petty or similar- I don't know even know the teacher. What I do know is that the material she has been choosen on these two occasions are not for 7-8 year olds. They are interesting and valuable in the right contexts but not for ks2.

Anasnake Sat 10-Feb-18 21:33:47

Really can't see how the song is 'creepy' - and it isn't even a song. Parent's being an arse.

negomi90 Sat 10-Feb-18 21:38:13

Considering we sang wasn't me by shaggy in our year 6 leavers assembly (to the rest of the junior school including 7 year olds), that's completely appropriate in the context of it could have been a lot worse.

NorbertTheDragon Sat 10-Feb-18 21:40:24

I would have thought the song was quite boring for that age group, though I don't think it's particularly inappropriate.

As for the book, me and my brother were really into them when they were first out so would have been around 6-8 years old.

JaniceBattersby Sat 10-Feb-18 21:43:28

Year two kids are 6-7. An eight year old would be in year 3.

I’d have no problem with mine doing the stuff you have outlined.

viques Sat 10-Feb-18 21:45:32

They will switch off after the sunscreen advice, but that's good advice anyway so a positive thing to take from the song.

picklemepopcorn Sat 10-Feb-18 21:46:00

That's completely appropriate for KS2, lots of science in it, lots of literacy.

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