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Peter Peter Pumkin Eater

Sing and Learn the Actions!


Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell and there
he kept her very well.

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
had another and didn't love her.
Peter learned to read and spell
and then he loved her very well.



  • The mood of the song is the atmosphere or feelings associated with the song - ask children "How does the sound of the music make you feel? E.g. happy or sad? Energetic or tired?".
  • Challenge - sing along to the instrumental version of the song.

Visual Art

  • Draw or paint a picture of a pumpkin.


  • Describe the feeling of the music e.g. jumpy, bouncy, and energetic. Explore moves to match the sound of the music.


  • 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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