Sing A Song Of Sixpence

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Sing A Song Of Sixpence Lyrics

Sing a song of sixpence,
a pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds
baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
the birds began to sing.
Wasn’t that a dainty dish
to set before the king?

The king was in his counting house,
counting out his money.
The queen was in the parlour,
eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
hanging out the clothes.
When down came a blackbird
and pecked off her nose.
But then came a jenny wren
and popped it on again!

Sing A Song Of Sixpence Learning Activities


  • Beat or Rhythm? Select two children and give each child a different ‘sound source’ e.g. claps hands, drum or a home-made shaker etc. One child will play along to the beat (the steady pulse) of the song and the other child will play along to the rhythm (the short and long sounds that fit over an underlying beat) of the song. Can others guess who is playing the beat and who is playing the rhythm?
  • Work in partners and have turns playing the beat or the rhythm.


  • Play the song and use facial expressions to match the song lyrics.


  • What is a sixpence?
  • What currency is used in your country?


  • 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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