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Once In Silly Land


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Lyrics

Once in silly land a very strange man.
His name was Chikaraka Ching Ching Chan.
His feet were short and his toes were long
and this funny man just couldn't get along!

Chikaraka Chikaraka Ching Ching along
with a la, la, la and a pikki and a pikki
and an oak, oak, oak and a see a little itty pie, itty pie e and a yoke, yoke, yoke!

They marched him up to the top of the hill
and rolled him down with a very great spill
and when he was only half way down
he thought he was on his way to town.

Chikaraka Chikaraka Ching Ching along
With a la, la, la and a pikki and a pikki
and an oak, oak, oak and a see a little itty pie, itty pie e and a yoke, yoke, yoke!

Activities

Music

  • Make silly instruments to go with the song e.g. pebbles in a plastic bottle; threaded bottle tops, rubber band guitar, banging a pot or pan with a wooden spoon etc.

Dance

  • Listen to "Once in Silly Land" and ask children to suggest ideas for silly moves to go with each verse.
  • Children then view the video song on YouTube and compare the moves with their own ideas.
  • Challenge - play the instrumental version of the song and match the moves.

Drama

  • You wake up and find yourself in "Silly Land"

Literacy

  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning "Do it, see it and hear it!"
  • What are the non-sense words in the song? E.g pikky, itty, yoke

Print out the song PDF

  • Read the song lyrics - ask children a variety of questions.
  • e-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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