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Simple Simon

Sing and Learn the Actions!


Simple Simon met a pie man,
going to the fair.
Says Simple Simon to the pie man,
let me taste your ware?
Says the pie man to Simple Simon,
show me first your penny.
Says Simple Simon to the pie man,
indeed I have not any.
Simple Simon went a-fishing,
for to catch a whale.
All the water he had got,
was in his mother 's pail.
Simple Simon went to look,
if plums grew on a thistle.
He pricked his fingers very much,
which made poor Simon whistle!



  • Ask children to listen to the song and ask children if they can recognize when the children sing as a choir and when there is a solo singer?
  • Choose a solo singer; the rest of the class is the group. Play the song again and sing along as with the song according to the solo and group parts.


  • What is a penny?


  • "Mime your Own Rhyme" Choose a rhyme and act it out. See if other 's can guess what your rhyme is?


  • We use money to pay for things. Ask if I had $10.00 and it costs $2.00 to buy a pie how many pies can I buy? 5 Or if it cost $5.00 to buy a pie how many pies can I buy? 2


  • 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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