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O Little Town Of Bethlehem


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Lyrics

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His Heaven.
No ear may hear His coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive
Him still
The dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure
and happy.
Pray to the blessed Child,
Where Misery cries out
to Thee,
Son of the Mother mild;
Where Charity stands
watching,and Faith holds
wide the door,
The dark night wakes,
the glory breaks,
And Christmas comes
once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us we pray!
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O, come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!

Activities

Music

  • Singing in tune can be learnt through regular practice, correct breathing and posture and focused listening.
  • Sing along to the harmony - two or more notes together..
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!

Topic

  • Find out facts about the origin of "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

Dance

  • Explore dance movements using pathways to match the mood of the music. Build up a dance vocabulary relating to movement.

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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