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Good King Wenceslas

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Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked out,
On the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night,
Though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight,
Gath 'ring winter fuel.

'Hither, page, and stand by me,
If thou know 'st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling? '
'Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain,
Right against the forest fence,
By Saint Agnes ' fountain. '

'Bring me food and bring me wine,
Bring me pine logs hither,
Thou and I will see him dine,
When we bear them thither. '
Page and monarch forth they went,
Forth they went together,
Through the cold wind 's wild lament,
And the bitter weather.

'Sire, the night is darker now,
And the wind blows stronger,
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer. '
'Mark my footsteps, my good page,
Tread thou in them boldly,
Thou shalt find the winter 's rage,
Freeze thy blood less coldly. '

In his master 's steps he trod,
Where the snow lay dinted,
Heat was in the very sod,
Which the Saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,

Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor,
Shall yourselves find blessing.

Teachers

Music

  • Feel the beat (the steady pulse) and feel the rhythm (short and long sounds that fit over an underlying beat).
  • Divide the children into two groups and allocate a body percussion sound to each group e.g. slap knees and tap chest. Each 'beat ' and 'rhythm ' group play along to the song. Play the song again and swap the 'beat ' and 'rhythm ' parts so children can feel the difference between the beat and rhythm.
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version - great for performances, school concerts and choirs.

Topic

  • Find out the origin and facts about "Good King Wenceslas."

Drama

  • Create static images to represent characters and settings from the song.

Literacy

  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning "Do it, see it and hear it!"

Print out the song PDF

  • Read the song lyrics - ask children a variety of questions.
  • Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
  • Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. " " ! ? . ,
  • Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
  • Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
  • Word study - phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

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