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Three Birds – Yes It’s Number 3

Three Birds – Yes It’s Number 3 1

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Lyrics

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Numbers 1 to 10 Gus would love to teach,
while he’s having fun playing at the beach.
Numbers are easy I’m sure you’ll all agree.
Can you guess what’s next? Yes, it’s number three!

Three birds have come to say hello,
to Gus the friendly hippo.
He likes to share his morning snack
and hopes the birds will visit back.
Chippies for hungry birds
who squawk “thank you”, the magic words.
Three birds have come to say hello,
to Gus the friendly hippo.

Activities

Music

  • Intro: When you hear the numbers show your fingers to count along.
  • Children choose a percussion instrument or use a found sound e.g. tap the floor, plastic bottles with fillers like rice, small pebbles, lentils etc.
  • The teacher uses a puppet, when the puppet is facing the children they play along to the rhythm (short and long sounds that fit over an underlying beat) of the song; when the puppet is hidden behind the teacher’s back the children stop playing.

Maths

  • Ask children to put their hands behind their back and say “show me three fingers?”
  • Write the number 3
  • Write the word – three
  • Draw three objects

Dance

  • Explore the movements of a bird and build a dance vocabulary e.g. flapping, flying, lightly, pecking etc.
  • Optional – use dancing scarves.
  • Teacher beats a drum or claps hand, children show a crab move, when the teacher changes the tempo (the speed of the beat) children change their bird move.
  • Children need to be aware of their own ‘space bubble.’

Visual Art

  • Ask children to close their eyes and imagine three birds. What do they like? Are they all the same? Are they big birds or little birds?
  • Draw or paint three birds.

Literacy

  • 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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