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Once In Royal David ‘s City


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Lyrics

Once in royal David 's city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed;
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour
holy.

And through all His
wondrous childhood
He would honour and obey,
Love and watch the lowly Maiden
In whose gentle arms He lay;
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.

For He is our childhood 's pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.
Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him; but in heaven,
Set at God 's right hand on high;
Where like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around.

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 Holy Night."

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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