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Nursery Rhymes and Songs

Here are a selection of singable nursery rhymes- a great way of getting a young class to remember words and rhymes and to develop a feel for rhythm.

SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocketful of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie;

When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing;
Wasn’t that a dainty dish
To set before the king?

The king was in the counting-house
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour
Eating bread and honey;

The maid was in the garden
Ganging out the clothes,
Along came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose.

HOT CROSS BUNS

Hot-cross buns!
Hot-cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot-cross buns!
Hot-cross buns!
Hot-cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons.

ACTIVITY

Write a short class poem called COOL KIND BUNS.

THREE BLIND MICE

Three blind mice, Three blind mice!
See how they run, See how they run!
They all ran after the farmer’s wife.
She cut off their tails with a carving knife.
Did you ever see such a thing in your life
As three blind mice?

ACTIVITY

Write a short class poem called THREE SHARP-EYED MICE.

To get you started, here are some rhymes by Carol Ann Duffy:

NOT NOT NURSERY RHYMES

COOL KIND BUNS

Cool, kind buns.
Cool, kind buns.
Very many?
Hardly any
Cool, kind buns.

THREE SHARP-EYED MICE

Three sharp-eyed mice.
Three sharp-eyed mice.
See how they run!
See how they run!
They’re all avoiding the farmer’s wife-
She’s slit his throat with a carving knife.
They’ve never seen so much blood in their life-
Those three sharp-eyed mice.

HUMPTY DUMPTY

Humpy Dumpty stood on one leg.
Humpty Dumpty was only an egg.
All the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Had Humpty Omlette for dinner again.