Podcasting in Early Years: Singing with Major Tim Peake!


I had forgotten about this little gem of an app but this week my class wanted to write a song for Tim Peake and tweet it to him. They’ve been fascinated by his story so far and we keep checking his Twitter feed and watching YouTube videos about the International Space Station. Singing him a song is a great compromise as they did ask to FaceTime him when he first arrived on the ISS. Now I can usually make a FaceTime link for them but that is very ambitious!

So on to the song… I planned this for our Guided Reading activity this week and in their groups they needed to think of the lyrics for the song. I captured these ideas as symbols on a wipe board and they read the symbols to sing the song back.



Stars and the moon, stars and the moon,

Flying in your rocket

Stars and the moon, stars and the moon,

Can you see the sun?

Stars and the moon, stars and the moon,

When are you coming home?


The best bit about writing this song was sequencing its order. Their first idea was ‘when are you coming home?’ as they didn’t really know what to sing about space (I guess like many people they haven’t experienced it!) We decided ‘flying in your rocket’ makes a good beginning verse and ‘when are you coming home?’ is a good end.

Now, how do I tweet him a song? I love the challenges that early years children come up with! So I took a look at my iPad and wondered how to get the song on to the class blog and that’s when I remembered Audiboom.


Audioboom is a free app and you create a free account with them. It’s not child friendly in it’s appearance, it’s a social media app for sharing music and recordings I guess. But it does the job of capturing sound and sharing it online.

I signed in with our school account and hit the red record button.

3 – 2 – 1: sing. stop. share.

It’s that simple.


I shared the link to the song on a blog post which was automatically tweeted by the school account. In the tweet I tagged the European Space Agency and Tim Peake himself. ESA picked it up within a matter of minutes and we had a little chat about getting it to the ISS.

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At 4.57pm on Sunday 13th March, Tim Peake listened to our song whilst on board the ISS and sent his own verse back to us. It was a proud moment and a story which made headlines in England!

It’s here if you’d like to listen to it (in all honesty it wasn’t as simple as 3 – 2 – 1: sing. stop. share. It took a few Austin’s Butterfly style redrafts to get our singing just right!



What else to Podcast?

I took a look back at the last time I used AudioBoom and found the interviews we recorded after a school trip to Sherwood Pines. This was back in 2014 which seems like a lifetime ago. The activity was brilliant though. The kids paired up with an iPad and the AudioBoom app. I had showed them how to use the record button, modelled interview good questions and answers then how to stop the recording (which automatically saved).

Listen to an example here.

The interviews are fantastic! It was so easy for them to talk and record and share. I added the links to each interview to a blog post and the parents got to hear them talk about the trip. Wonderful and simple.

Keep it Safe.

Of course there are always individual school policies about internet use and social media. Be sure you follow your school’s policy on such things (unlisted, geotagging, photographs, names, etc). But don’t let it put you off because our song is on it’s way to the International Space Station!!

It’s a great way to share your singing, music or discussions with a real audience beyond your classroom. Give it a go! I’m so pleased I’ve remembered this brilliant app!

3 thoughts on “Podcasting in Early Years: Singing with Major Tim Peake!

  1. […] Twitter connected my class to British Astronaut Tim Peake whilst he was on board the International Space Station. We had wrote a song for him, performed it in guided reading and recorded it as a podcast in GarageBand. We uploaded our recording to Audiboom and the European Space Agency shared it with Tim Peake. A few weeks later, Tim Peake listened to our song and tweeted back his own verse. You can read more about this experience here. […]

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