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Pohutukawa Tree

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Sing and Learn the Actions!

Lyrics

I am a Pohutukawa seed,
plant me in the ground and water me.
Plenty of sunshine is what I need
then guess what you will see?

Out will shoot a tiny twig
and it will continue to grow so big.
Beautiful flowers of whero,
the native tree of Aotearoa.

CHORUS
Pohutukawa tree, pohutukawa tree,
New Zealand's Christmas tree.
You fill my heart with aroha,
the native tree of Aotearoa.

Teachers

Music

  • Listen to the song and discuss what the song is about e.g. a tree growing from a seedling.
  • Ask children to make up actions or a dance to match the words from the song. Adding actions to songs helps children to lose their inhibitions and helps to build their confidence.
  • Children then view the video song and compare the actions with their own ideas
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!

Science

  • Discuss the life cycle of a tree.

Social Studies

  • Learn facts about the Maori people from New Zealand.

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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