Old King Cole

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Old King Cole Lyrics

Old King Cole was a
merry old soul and
a merry old soul was he.

He called for his pipe and
he called for his bowl and
he called for his fiddlers three.

Every fiddler, he had a fiddle
and a very fine fiddle had he;
Twee tweedle dee, tweedle
dee, went the fiddlers.

Oh, there 's none so rare,
as can compare with King
Cole and his fiddlers three!

Old King Cole Learning Activities


  • Listening to music is a central focus for learning. Listen to the song. Ask children to identify the sections of the song when a soloist is singing and when a group is singing?
  • Challenge - sing along to the instrumental version.

Visual Art

  • Make your own crown out of cardboard and decorate it.


  • Role play "Old King Cole" and wear appropriate props e.g. your crown


  • 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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