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London Bridge Is Falling Down


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Lyrics

*London Bridge is falling down,
falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady.

Build it up with iron bars,
iron bars, iron bars.
Build it up with iron bars,
My fair lady.

Iron bars will bend and break,
bend and break, bend and break.
Iron bars will bend and break,
My fair lady.

Build it up with pins and needles,
pins and needles, pins and needles.
Build it up with pins and needles,
My fair lady.

Pins and needles will rust and bend,
rust and bend, rust and bend,
Pins and needles will rust and bend,
My fair lady.

Build it up with gravel and stone,
gravel and stone, gravel and stone,
Build it up with gravel and stone,
My fair lady.

Gravel and stone will wash away,
wash away, wash away,
Gravel and stone will wash away,
My fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold,
silver and gold, silver and gold,
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady.
*Repeat

Activities

Music

  • Divide children into 4 groups and allocate sound sources e.g. tambourines; slap knees; rhythm sticks; tap the floor with a pencil. A conductor chooses which group will play each verse. The conductor may choose every group to play for a verse, an individual group or a couple of groups to play. The conductor can use a pencil as a baton.
  • Watch a video clip of a conductor conducting an orchestra.

Topic

  • What is the purpose of a bridge?

Dance

  • Create a "London Bridge" dance that involves all the children. What ideas do the children have?
  • Dance game - two children form an arch (two children face each other, raise their arms over their head and clasp their partner 's hands). The other children skip under the arch. On the last word of the song the children forming the arch drop their arms to catch a child. The caught child swaps with one of the arch children.

Literacy

  • 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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