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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

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God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay.
For Jesus Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this day.
To save us all from Satan 's power,
When we were gone astray.


O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger.
Upon this blessed morn,
The which His Mother Mary,
Did nothing take in scorn.


From God our heavenly Father,
A blessed angel came,
And unto certain shepherds.
Brought tidings of the same,
How that in Bethlehem was born,
The Son of God by name.


The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding.
In tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway,
This blessed Babe to find.


But when to Bethlehem they came,
Whereat this Infant lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His mother Mary kneeling,
Unto the Lord did pray.


Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
Doth bring redeeming grace.




  • Listen to the song. Ask children to describe the mood (the atmosphere or feelings associated with the piece of music or song) of the song e.g. does the song make them feel peaceful or relaxed?
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version - great for performances, school concerts and choirs.


  • Copy the sound source. With a partner have turns clapping each other 's full name pattern e.g. Jeremy Marcus Brown XXX XX X
  • This time have turns copying the same sound dynamics, the leader may clap their name pattern softly/ loud/ softly or loud/ softly/ softly


  • Lie down and close your eyes - listen to the environmental sounds around you.
  • Share all the sounds you can hear and group into very soft, soft, moderately loud, loud and very loud sounds.


  • 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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