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Auld Lang Syne

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Auld Lang Syne

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Happy New Year!
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
in the days of old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for the sake of auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for the sake of auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
We’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since the days of auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since the days of auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for the days of auld lang syne.




  • Sing with expression. How can you sing this song to convey the feelings of the words? How does this song make you feel?
  • View the video song and focus on the children who are singing, observing their facial expressions and body language as they communicate the feeling of the song.
  • Invite individual children or small groups to perform the song to the class. Sing along to the instrumental version. Ask children to reflect on their performance.


  • Talk about establishing positive relationships with friends.


  • Explore ways that our bodies can move to show that we are happy.
  • Dance on the spot - choose a few non-locomotor words (twist, swing, bend, rock, kick) and practice different ways of doing each move.


  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning "Do it, see it, hear it!"
  • Story starter "I feel happy whenÉ"

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  • 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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