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Christmas In The Southern Hemisphere

Sing and Learn the Actions!


Hey everybody, it's Christmas time!
So join with me, we'll rap this rhyme.
We'll teach you dudes in the Northern Hemisphere,
How we celebrate our Christmas way down under,
In the Southern Hemisphere!

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a
partridge in a pear tree.

Well it sure isn't cold - we have no snow,
Because it's summer - hey, don't you know!
We have barbies (or barbecues to you),
and we wear jandals - or thongs will do!
We go swimming, windsurfing and rollerblading.
Summertime is definitely exhilarating!

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

Slip, slop, slap, is really cool,
The sun is hot, say we're no fools,
What do I hear - sleigh bells ringing?
Wonder what goodies Santa will be bringing?

Bells on bob tails ring, making spirits bright what fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.

We may share a hangi, an umu or traditional meal,
But no matter where you are - I'm sure you'll feel.
The best place to be is with your family.
So I wish you all, wherever you may be,
Peace, Goodwill and Prosperity!

Christmas bells those Christmas bells ringing through the land bringing peace to all the world and good will to man (repeat x 4)



  • Listening is a central focus for learning. Listen to the song and ask children to identify sections of the song which are sung and sections which are chanted.
  • Divide children into two groups - one group does the chant part and the other group does the singing part.
  • Challenge - sing along to the instrumental version.


  • 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.


  • Explore the differences between a Northern Christmas and a Southern Christmas.


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

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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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