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Nine Shells – Drum Roll For Number 9

Nine Shells – Drum Roll For Number 9 1

Sing and Learn the Actions!


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Numbers 1 to 10 Gus would love to teach,
while he's having fun playing at the beach.
Hey are you standing and waiting in line...
drum roll please for number nine!

Gus the sandcastle you've created,
looks just lovely decorated,
with nine shells that you've found,
lying scattered on the ground.
It's cool, well done, bravo.
You're one clever hippo!



  • Intro: When you hear the numbers show your fingers to count along.
  • Listen to the song.
  • What sounds can you make using seashells? E.g. bang two shells together; use plastic bottles and fill with tiny shells or crushed shells, thread shells together and shake, place shells in a bucket or a tin and shake. Can you think of other ideas?
  • Play the song again and play your shell instrument in time to the beat (steady pulse) or the rhythm (short and long sounds that fit over an underlying beat).


  • Ask children to put their hands behind their back and say "show me nine fingers?"
  • Write the number 9
  • Write the word - nine
  • Draw nine objects.

Visual Art

  • Draw a picture of a shell and use glue and crushed shells to decorate.


  • 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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