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Ants Go Marching


This week you are going to have the chance to be a lyricist. 

A lyricist is someone who writes words for a song.  

The tune that we are going to use is ‘The Ants Go Marching’. This is a fun counting song that some of you may already know, and we are sure you will enjoy.  


Watch this video and sing along to the song. 

Can you march along with the music like a marching ant?

This will help you feel the pulse of the music. 1... 2... 3... 4... 1... 2... 3... 4...


The Ants Go Marching One by One

Great singing and marching!  Well done!  


Did you notice that the song repeats lots of the same words but has new rhyming words in each verse, the number word rhymes with another word.  

e.g  One – thumb 

Two – shoe  

These words are rhyming words.   


Here is a little video to help you understand rhyming words. 

Rhyme Time

Now it’s your turn.  

Can you find a word that rhymes with ‘one’ and then put it into a sentence for the song?

(It can’t be the word thumb, that has already been used!)  


If you’re stuck, here’s an idea... 

The ants went marching one by one, the little one stopped to rub his tum,  

The ants went marching two by two, the little tried to make a stew,  

The ants went marching three by three …  


How many different verses can you make using your rhyming words?  


When you’ve made some new lines, try to sing the song with this backing track.  

The Ants Go Marching - Baking Track

Well done! You have become a lyricist!