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The Grand Old Duke Of York

Children will love to sing and dance
along with this fun kid’s nursery rhyme song!


Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
he had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the
top of the hill and he marched
them down again.

And when they were up they were up.
And when they were down they were down.
And when they were only halfway up,
they were neither up nor down.

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
he had ten thousand men.
They beat their drums to the top of the hill and they beat them down again.




  • Follow the band leader. Children can select their own sound source e.g. tap chest; rhythm sticks; home-made drum etc. Choose a band leader, march and play along to the song while following the band leader.


  • Teacher plays a beat on a drum or by clapping hands. Children march on the spot along to the beat when the teacher stops the beat the children make a ‘freeze frame.’
  • Alternatively children can march around the room being aware of their own ‘space bubble.’


  • Ask less or more questions e.g. is 10 less or more than 10,000? Is 100 less or more than 10,000?


  • 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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