Dark nights drawing in as we head towards Christmas..

November 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is my little story song planner for my daughter’s reception class.. they are looking at light and dark (partly because they are studying Anthony Browne’s wonderful book ‘The Tunnel‘) and also thinking about the seasons and just beginning to register Christmas on the radar.


It starts to get stormy, and wet sometimes in the autumn
I hear thunder, Frere Jaques (who is being woken up as the bells are ringing for morning.. the end of a dark night, we try to sing this as a round as well)

and there are lots of spiders webs in the garden
Incey wincey spider
Little Miss Muffet

and it can be very misty moisty.
The old man in leather

But then there are cold days..
The north wind doth blow
Two little dickie birds (discuss the weather as they sit on the wall!)

so we need to go outside and get warm.
Here we go round the mulbery bush (get coats, hats and shoes on)
Ring a ring a roses

And we can go for an autumn walk in the woods..
Pomme de reinette
The leaves are green, the apples are red
What do you wear on your hands on cold days?
Three little kittens who lost their mittens

Were the kittens going to eat Christmas Pie? I know someone else who is eating Christmas Pie..
Little Jack Horner (with the right tune this can also be sung as a round, though reception are a little young..)

And now it is getting dark outside, though some people are not sleepy..
Girls and boys come out to play

Someone else need the light of the moon to write by..
Au clair de la lune

Look up and see the stars in the dark sky..
Twinkle, twinkle

And a special person we think about at Christmas time is also asleep..
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed


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