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The Friendly Beasts


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Lyrics

Jesus our brother, kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood,
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

‘I,’ said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
‘I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.’
‘I,’ said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

‘I,’ said the cow all white and red,
‘I gave Him my manger for His bed;
I gave Him my hay to pillow His head.’
‘I,’ said the cow all white and red.

‘I,’ said the sheep with curly horn,
‘I gave Him my wool for His
blanket warm;
He wore my coat on
Christmas morn.’
‘I,’ said the sheep with curly horn.

‘I,’ said the dove from the rafters high,
‘I cooed Him to sleep so
He would not cry;
We cooed Him to sleep,
my mate and I.’
‘I,’ said the dove from the rafters high.

Thus every beast by some good spell,
In the stable dark was glad
to tell
Of the gift he gave Emmanuel,
The gift he gave Emmanuel.

‘I,’ was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Emmanuel,
The gift he gave Emmanuel.
Jesus our brother, kind and
good.

Activities

Music

  • Singing as a soloist can be nerve wracking but also exciting. With practice and repetition it will feel more comfortable and will certainly help to build confidence!
  • Choose a soloist for each verse – practice singing in front of the class and then in front of the school!
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!

Dance

  • Explore through dance how different animals move.

Drama

  • Retell the story of “The Friendly Beasts” through acting out the story of the song.

Literacy

  • 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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