Unit Topic/Learning Experience Name

‘Mary had a little lamb’ song





Key Learning Area

Music and Movement, language/literacy, Maths, Science







It is a simple song, which children can sing and memorise with ease. Besides, children within this age-range are beginning to understand the world around them and this song  should help them to know how they to relate with animals. In the song, the lamb follows Mary everywhere she goes because she takes good care of it. The children will learn to be friendly to animals and to tend to the needs of pets and other domestic animals.


Lesson Specific Objective/s

Ø Improved speech, through pronunciation of the words of the song

Ø Coordination of body  movement to musical tune, when dancing

Ø Enhance memorisation skills by encouraging the children to remember the words and tune of the song


Link to EYLF Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1 – Children have a strong sense of identity

Outcome 1.4 – Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 4.1 - Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

Outcome 4.3.2- develop an ability to mirror, repeat and practice the actions of others, either immediately or later

Outcome 5 - children are effective communicators

Outcome 5.1 - Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes




Songs, videos,  poster or pictures of Mary and the lamb


Plan/Lesson Structure


Play a video of the song and let the children watch it the end

Teaching Strategies:

Role modelling: When laying the song for the first time, the teacher should watch the screen and help the children to pay attention to the same.

Supervision: The teacher needs to ensure that all the children are attentively watching the video


Main Body:

Repeat the song once more so the teacher and the children can sing along and dance to the tune.

Teaching Strategies:

Role modelling: The teacher should start singing along to the video and dance, so the children can copy the activities.

Supervision: The teacher should ensure that children notice and copy what he/she does.

Inclusivity: This is an important class activity and all children should participate and show active involvement.



The aim of the activity was to gauge the children’s ability to pronounce words, sing along, and move their bodies according to the beat. At the end, the children should respond to these questions:


Did you like the song we learned today?

Are you happy?


The teacher can then start the song and observe as the children sing and dance along. 


Teaching Strategies:

Close ended questions: So children can respond with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. One-year-old children may not be able to offer a detailed explanation.


Observing: Helps to know if the children are listening, if they remember what they learned, and if they are able to respond to questions appropriately.



Variations, Extend and Special Needs


Ø Ensure that children with hearing issues wear their hearing aids correctly before playing the song and the video

Ø Children with impaired vision should sit at the front or closest to the screen for better vision

Ø Only focus on body movement or body language for children with speech development issues

Ø Allow children with physical disabilities to only sing or sing and move as they deem appropriate, even if their movements to not follow the beat.




Ø Check if the children can concentrate on the video and if they show any reactions the first time they watch it. Actions may include smiling, laughter, or sadness

Ø Examine the children’s ability to follow instruction and imitate the teacher

Ø Notice the children’s ability to pronounce the words of the song

Ø Observe if children can move their bodies according to the beat

Ø Check the children’s capacity to memorise the song - both the words and the tune




Ø How effective was the activity? Were there any limitations?

Ø Which part of the lesson did the children enjoy most?

Ø What modifications can be done to the video or the song to make it more inclusive?

Ø What other teaching methods could be added to the activity to improve its effectiveness?