EYFS: Listen and Play - The Billy Goats Gruff

Liz Kitchen returns with more songs, rhymes and listening games to join in with and the story The Billy Goats Gruff.

Suggestions for classroom use

Introduction:
Listen all around: outdoor countryside sounds. Individual sounds: stream, hooves, goats bleating.

Song: The goats came marching
The goats came marching one by one,
Hurrah, hurrah
The goats came marching one by one,
Hurrah, hurrah
The goats came marching one by one –
The little one stopped, to bask in the sun,
Then they all came marching,
Over the rickety bridge.

The goats came marching two by two,
Hurrah, hurrah
The little one stopped, to look at the view...

The goats came marching three by three,
Hurrah, hurrah
The little one stopped, to sit by a tree...

Then they all came marching,
Over the rickety bridge.

Once children are familiar with the song, use it as a marching song – it’s ideal for outdoor marching, or for transporting groups around the building (e.g. going to/from lunch). Extend the song to cover numbers to ten by helping children to make up further rhymes for four by four, and so on.

Story time: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Once upon a summertime... Once the story is familiar, make simple masks for children to act it out. Then as you listen, add key words (e.g. ‘Big Brave Billy Goat Gruff’ or connectives e.g. ‘Next’, ‘But’ and ‘Now’).

Use the map to demonstrate how to join in with the story, until you are practically reciting it – and encourage children to join in.

Small group discussion:

  • the lesson of the story (greed and naughtiness do not pay)
  • what is a troll? (compare to other make-believe monsters, e.g. giants, ogres, wolves)
  • ‘Should the troll have let the goats across the bridge?’
  • how many other stories do children know where characters come in threes (three bears, three pigs, three sons)?
  • Draw three sizes of goat: small, medium and large.
  • Add on other animals and discuss what baby animals are called (e.g. calf, foal, cub, puppy, kitten).
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