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Holly And The Ivy


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Lyrics

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

CHORUS

O, the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom,
As white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our sweet Saviour.

CHORUS

The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To do poor sinners good.

CHORUS

The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
On Christmas Day in the morn.

CHORUS

The holly bears a bark,
As bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
For to redeem us all.

CHORUS

Activities

Music

  • Listen to the song and discuss the mood (the atmosphere or feelings associated with a piece of music or song).
  • Play the song again, sing along with sweet voices and gently sway in time to the beat.
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version - great for performances, school concerts and choirs.

Dance

  • Develop movement ideas to match the gentle, soft mood of the song.

Visual Art

  • Make your own holly using cardboard, scissors, paint, red beads, glue etc.

Literacy

  • 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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