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There Was A Crooked Man

Sing and Learn the Actions!


There was a crooked man
and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence
against a crooked stile.

He bought a crooked cat,
which caught a crooked mouse,
and they all lived together,
in a little crooked house.



  • Listen to the song. Ask children does the sound of the music (colour tone is the specific sound quality of a voice or instrument) suit the meaning of the words? Ask children to create their own "crooked sounding" music by using found sounds or instruments.
  • Play the song again and children play their “crooked sounding” music.


  • Children can use their bodies to make crooked, curled, twisted, shapes. The teacher calls a shape and counts 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 freeze!

Visual Art

  • Draw or paint a picture featuring the crooked characters from the song.


  • 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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