Gus The Hippo

Animal & Farm Rhymes

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Gus The Hippo Lyrics

*My name is Gus,
I travel by bus,
people make an incredible fuss.
Why do they make such a fuss?
Because I 'm a hippopotamus!

As I was walking down the street,
a hippopotamus I happened to meet.
Striking yellow shoes adorned his feet, his red and blue suit looked oh so neat.


I 'm cool!

Gus The Hippo Learning Activities


  • Listen to the song. Make a rhythm pattern using the rhyming words e.g. Gus, bus, fuss, hippopotamus; or street, meet, feet, neat
  • Chant and clap the words rhythm patterns.


  • How do you travel to school?
  • Create a list of the different ways children get to school; walk, bus, car, bike etc.
  • Sort into groups and make a bar graph.

Visual Art

  • View the video song of "Gus the Hippo."
  • Draw or paint a scene from the video song.


  • 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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