Mary Mary Quite Contrary

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Mary Mary Quite Contrary Lyrics

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
and pretty maids all in a row
and pretty maids all in a row.

Mary Mary Quite Contrary Learning Activities


  • Pitch is the degree of highness or lowness of a note. Sing along to the song and ask children to raise their arms when the melody goes up and to lower their arms when the melody goes down.

Visual Art

  • Draw or paint a picture of what grows in your garden. Create your own imaginary garden!


  • What is the most popular flower? Make a list of what each child's favourite flower is? Make a class graph and find out what is the favourite flower?


  • 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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