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What Child Is This?

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What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping,
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring Him praise,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Come, have no fear; God’s son is here.
His love all loves exceeding.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The Cross He bore for me, for you;
Hail, hail, the Saviour comes,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own Him!
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him!
Raise, raise the song on high!
While Mary sings a lullaby.
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!



  • Listen to the introduction of the song. Find out facts about the renaissance flute and lute. The lyrics for this carol was set to the tune of “Greensleeves” which is a traditional English folk song.
  • Play the song again - sing along and play a percussion instrument in time to the beat (a steady pulse).
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!


  • Explore the moves of renaissance dancing.

Visual Art

  • Make your own renaissance ‘stained glass windows’ you will need wax paper, pastels or crayons and dye, scissors and if you want to frame your stained glass window, card board for a frame. The windows are more effective if you crayon different coloured blocks on the wax paper.


  • 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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