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Songs: The Grand Old Duke of York

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We encourage you to give your child a wide range of musical experiences: singing songs, listening to all kinds of music, dancing at home, attending local musical performances when possible. One of the best (and easiest!) activities is singing with your child. If you don't feel confident about your own singing voice, remember that the more you sing with your child, the more comfortable you'll feel, and the more you'll both enjoy music together. Here is one song we suggest for singing together.


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 half-way up,

They were neither up nor down.



This activity is adapted from page 222 of What Your Year 2 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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