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Hippo Medley

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Lyrics

What a sight to see,
six hippos rockin ' to the beat .
Dancin ' the hippo hop,
Watch those hippo feet!
Hip, hip, hippo hop.
Hip, hip, hippo hop.
What a sight to see,
hippos rockin ' to the beat .
Dancing the hippo hop,
watch those hippo feet!
Hip, hip, hippo hop.
Hip, hip, hippo hop.
Hip, hip, hippo hop,
watch those hippo feet.
What a sight to see,
hippos rockin ' to the beat .
Dancing the hippo hop,
watch those hippo feet!

My name is Gus, I travel by bus.
People make an incredible fuss.
Why do they make such a fuss?
Because I 'm a hippopotamus!

As I was walking down the street.
A hippopotamus I happened to meet.
Bright yellow shoes adorned his feet.
His red and blue suit looked oh so neat.

My name is Gus, I travel by bus.
People make an incredible fuss.
Why do they make such a fuss?
Because I 'm a hippopotamus!

I 'm cool!

Teachers

Music

  • Listen to the song. Can children identify different sections of the song? E.g. The differences in tempo (speed of the beat). Which section has a fast tempo and which section has a slow tempo?
  • Create characters to represent a fast tempo e.g. rabbit and a slow tempo e.g. turtle. Make two flashcards showing a rabbit and turtle. When a leader holds up the 'rabbit ' flash card children clap hands as fast as they can; when the leader shows the 'turtle ' flash card children clap hands slowly.

Science

  • Habitat - where does a hippopotamus live?
  • Why is a hippopotamus regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in the world?

Dance

  • Listen to "Hippo Medley" and ask children to suggest ideas for actions to go with each verse.
  • Children then view the video song on YouTube and compare the actions with their own ideas.

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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