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Hush, Little Baby

Hush, Little Baby 1

Sing and Learn the Actions!


Hush, little baby, don 't say a word,
Papa 's going to buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird won 't sing,
Papa 's going to buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa 's going to buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa 's going to buy you a billy goat.

If that billy goat won 't pull,
Papa 's going to buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa 's going to buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover won 't bark,
Papa 's going to buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down,
you 'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.



  • Listen to the song and describe the mood of the music? E.g. soft, sweet, sleepy, soothing, relaxing etc. Choose an instrument, found sound e.g. make your own shaker by placing rice in a plastic bottle or use body percussion -e.g. 'fairy clap ' using two fingers, to match the mood of the song and play along.
  • Play along to the instrumental version of the song.


  • From the lyrics of the song choose something that you can mime. Work with a partner and have turns at miming and guessing.


  • What is a locomotor move? A movement in which the body travels across space (running, creeping, rolling).What is a non-locomotor move? A movement in which the body remains anchored to one spot by a body part (for example, bending, twisting, stretching). What kind of movements can you spot in the song?
  • Explore dance moves to accompany the song - e.g. swaying, flowing etc.
  • Use soft body moves using selected parts of the body being aware of how different parts of the body move e.g. waving one arm, lightly shaking one leg etc.


  • 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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