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									             Pussycat Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

Curriculum Focus: Music
Curriculum Level: 1
Years 1-2
Duration: 5-6 weeks

                       Focus for the Unit:
                  Musical questions and answers
The characters of nursery rhymes will come alive as students
listen, sing, accompany themselves on ukulele, and act the parts
of kings, queens, cats and mice. They will create and recreate
simple rhymes and musical phrases by learning, sharing and
reconstructing children’s rhymes and songs from England,
Tonga and Samoa. Digital audio-visual recordings will be used
to enable students to work collaboratively with other schools in
New Zealand to ask and answer questions.

Curriculum Links
Oral Language – Students will ask and answer questions in a variety of contexts
e.g. online, with peers, with family and community members. They will develop
vocabulary for discussing topics related to nursery rhymes.
Drama – Students will explore roles of characters in nursery rhymes.

Inquiry and Curiosity – Students will be encouraged to ask questions in
appropriate ways in order to work collaboratively, including in e-learning
Diversity – Students will sing simple songs from Tonga and Samoa and consider
cultural links with English nursery rhymes.

Key Competencies
Participating and Contributing – Students will participate in individual, paired,
group and online activities. They will be encouraged to contribute and share
knowledge and ideas and to consider the ideas of others.
Relating to Others – Students will explore conventions for asking and answering
questions politely. They will work collaboratively with their peers, families,
students in other classes and different cultures to share and create rhymes and
Using Language, Symbols and Texts – Students will listen to and read nursery
rhymes, explore the rhythms in phrases and the use of rhyming words. They will
use graphic notation to represent simple melodies.

Suggested Music Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
Share music making with others, developing the ability to sing rhythmically and in
tune (PK, CI)
Sing songs from different cultures and for a variety of purposes (PK, UC)
Play 2 chords on ukulele to accompany their singing (PK, CI)
Use their voices to create and recreate simple chants and melodies (PK, DI)

Achievement Objectives: Music Level 1
Understanding Music in Context (UC)
Explore and share ideas about music from a range of sound environments and
recognise that music serves a variety of purposes and functions in their lives and
in their communities.
Developing Practical Knowledge in Music (PK)
Explore how sound is made, as they listen and respond to the elements of music:
beat, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, and tone colour.
Developing Ideas in Music (DI)
Explore and express sounds and musical ideas, drawing on personal experience,
listening and imagination.
Explore ways to represent sound and musical ideas.
Communicating and Interpreting in Music (CI)
Share music making with others
Respond to live and recorded music.
Traditional Nursery Rhymes
This is a set of nursery rhymes from a children‟s record made in Australia in
It features “Oranges and Lemons‟; „Pussy Cat Pussy Cat‟; „This Little Pig‟;
„London Bridge‟; „Old King Cole‟ and „Simple Simon‟.
Each rhyme is introduced or followed by a spoken comment by Uncle Len, a
pseudonym of Len Maurice, a jazz and popular music baritone singer of the time.

Lyrics: Pussycat Pussycat
“Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”
“I‟ve been up to London to look at the Queen”
“Pussycat, pussycat, what did you dare?”
“I frightened a little mouse under her chair”

The origins of the nursery rhyme
The origins of this rhyme go back to the history of 16th century Tudor England.
One of the staff of Queen Elizabeth had an old cat, which tented to roam
throughout one of her castles. On one occasion the cat went underneath the
throne and the cat‟s tail brushed against the Queen‟s foot, startling her. But the
queen had a sense of humour and declared that the cat may wander through the
throne room on condition it kept the mice away.

Tongan Songs
Ministry of Education (2003) „Hiva, Ta‟anga, mo e Himi „I loto Nu‟u Sila: Tongan
Songs. Wellington: Learning Media. (Book and CD)

Samoan Songs
Ministry of Education (2000) Fatuga F‟asamoa I Aotearoa: Samoan Songs.
Wellington: Learning Media (book and CD)
Summary of Tasks
Task 1 Who Am I? – Ice-breaker game
Task 2 Listen and respond to the digistore nursery rhyme recording of
“Pussycat, Pussycat”.
Task 3 Play ukulele to accompany a nursery rhyme
Task 4 Expert Groups - Queens, cats and mice (to build vocabulary)
Task 5 Drama Activity (to practise asking and answering questions)
Task 6 Musical questions and answers
Task 7 Use the voice to create simple chants and melodies
Task 8 Learn to sing the Tongan Song “Ki’i Pusi”
Task 9 Learn to sing the Samoan Song “Sau Pusi Sau”
Task 10 Share and exchange ideas with Juinor school children in another
school e.g. Tongan or Samoan classroom

Suggested Learning Sequence
Integrating the Nursery Rhymes theme and making links with
Before starting this unit, source children‟s songs, stories, poems and nursery
rhymes for the classroom library about cats and other household pets. E.g.
Stories featuring Greedy Cat by Joy Cowley or Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd.
Start a scrapbook of nursery rhymes about cats and other animals that students
might know e.g. Pussycat Pussycat, Three Little Kittens, Three Blind Mice. Send
an email or letter home to families asking them to share their favourite nursery
rhymes with their children. Can the children learn the nursery rhyme to recite or
sing at school? Students might be able to bring a video or audio recording from
home, or invite members of their family to come into the classroom.
Ask parents for suggestions of songs, stories and rhymes on the same topic to
add to the list. Include songs in languages other than English. Invite students to
talk about their pets at morning news time. Include nursery rhymes and books
about animals in shared reading and guided reading activities.

Task 1 Who Am I? – Ice-breaker game
Students will practise asking questions to find out if the picture on their back is of
a queen, a king, a mouse or a cat, then join with others who have similar pictures
to form a group and share what they know.
Preparation: Find pictures of cats, mice, kings and queens, through Google
Images or cut pictures out from old magazines. Include pictures of kings and
queens from England, New Zealand Māori and Tonga, if possible. Stick each
picture onto blank paper and write the word on the reverse side, then laminate.
Activity: Demonstrate to the class how to play “Who Am I?”
Stick or pin a laminated picture to the back of each child with the picture showing.
Make sure they do not see what it is. Each student tries to find out what‟s in the
picture on their back by asking questions. The task can be made more tricky if
you only ask questions that need a „Yes‟ or „No‟ answer. E.g. Do I have a tail? Do
have pointy ears? Do I purr? Do I squeek? Do I where a crown? Do I live in a
palace? Do I wear a special cloak or crown?
Once students have found out what they are they form a group and check the
word on the reverse side of the card is the same e.g. „cat‟. Students then share
with their group what they know about what is in their pictures. Do they know any
songs, stories or rhymes about this topic?
Make an audio recording of any songs or rhymes that might be shared.
Options for recording sound can be located on Software for Learning. Your
selection will reflect your school‟s platform and the software that may be

Task 2 Listen and respond to the digistore nursery rhyme recording of
“Pussycat, Pussycat”.
Explain to students that the rhyme they are going to hear is about a cat who goes
to visit Queen Elizabeth the First, who lived 400 years ago.
(It is the second rhyme on the Digistore recording).
Play the recording of Pussycat Pussycat from Digistore
Ask if anyone has heard the nursery rhyme before? Where did the Pussycat go?
Why did the cat go there? What did the cat do?
Same rhyme, different tune.
Sometimes people learn the same nursery rhyme but to different tunes. Pussycat
Pussycat is a well known to many but the tune used in the Digistore recording is
not the only known tune. Some people may be more familiar with the traditional
Mother Goose Melody by J.W. Elliot

Choral Reading
Show the printed rhyme with the picture of a cat chasing a mouse under the
queen‟s chair and locate each of the characters in the picture (appendix).
Read and echo each phrase in the rhyme “Pussycat, Pussycat”.
Highlight the questions in the rhyme and write them on the board.
Where have you been?
What did you dare?
The second question is unusual for the 21st Century. Today we would probably
ask What did you do there? Think about how we put words together to ask a
question. What are the „W‟ words we can use? The questions and answers are
always in the same tense e.g. “Where have you been…?” “I‟ve (I have) been…”
“What did you do there…?” “I did…”

Listen again to the Digistore recording of “Pussycat Pussycat” and sing along
with Uncle Len.

Reflection –
How can you show that you are keeping in time with the beat? Can you nod your
head or pat your finger on your knee in time to the beat as you listen to Pussycat
Pussycat, or as we read it together or sing along with the recording? Do we all
say or sing the words at the same time? Can we start together and stop
Singing in tune. Can you hear the sound of your voice going up and down as you
sing the tune? Can you copy the tune that you hear? Are you singing the same
tune as the person next to you?

Sound effects
Listen to all of the Nursery Rhymes on the Digistore recording and identify the
sound effects that have been added, e.g. a violin is added for the cat‟s meow.
Explore some sound effects that could be used to enhance the singing or choral
reading of the rhyme.
There are many digital recordings of sound effects available online.

Task 3 Play ukulele to accompany a nursery rhyme
Learn to play 2 chords (F, C) on the ukulele to accompany a nursery rhyme
(See the printed lyrics and chords below)
Children can successfully play ukulele from the age of 4 or 5. Some starter
activities have been suggested below but the first thing to do is make sure your
ukuleles are tuned in the key of C (Strings tuned to G C E A). There are several
internet sites that can help you tune up e.g. Start with tuned ukuleles.. An
electric tuner is a good investment because it allows you to tune the strings
accurately, even if you personally can‟t hear the if the strings are in tune.

The Digistore recording of Pussycat Pussycat is in the Key of F and can be
accompanied using the chords of F and C
Sing the following song to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
              Head, tuners, strings and frets string and frets (repeat).
                 And neck and sound hole and body and bridge.
                 Head, tuners, strings and frets, strings and frets.

Echo these words pointing to the ukulele parts as the leader says or sings.
This is the body
Here is the bridge
This is the sound hole
Here is the neck
These are the frets
Here are the strings (“G C E A” “My Dog Has Fleas”)
This is the nut
Here are the tuners – DON‟T TOUCH THE TUNERS!

N.B. “My Dog Has Fleas” is sung to the tune “G C E A”, the open strings of the

Learn a simple strum
Start by waving your hand to say hello in time to a steady beat
Count 1 2 3 4 hello hello hello hello
Now do the same but wave hello to your ukulele without touching the strings
Count 1 2 3 4 hello hello hello hello
Then let your index finger strum the strings on the downwards movement of each
Count 1 2 3 4 down up down up down up down

Introduce the finger position for a C chord

The following songs can be sung with a one chord accompaniment
Row row row your boat
Ten in the bed
Three blind mice
Three blind jellyfish sitting on a rock
Frere Jacques / Are You Sleeping?
Use the same tunes and write new words to create your own song.

Introduce the finger position for an F chord

Practise changing chords from F to C. If this is too hard for some students, divide
the class into 2 groups, so one half plays F and the other plays C.

Play the following sequence of chords with one strum on each. You might say
„pussycat‟ with each strum to encourage children to stay in time.
Count the students in slowly “one, two, pussycat, pussycat”
F          F         C         C          C         C          F      F
And again
F          F         C         C          C         C          F      F

This chord sequence is the accompaniment for “Pussycat Pussycat” as recorded
on Digistore.
Sing the nursery rhyme with the chords.

F                                         C
“Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”
“I‟ve been up to London to look the Queen”
 F                                   C
“Pussycat, pussycat, what did you dare?”
“I frightened a little mouse under her chair”

Reflection What are we learning to do when we play the ukulele?
Do we strum the strings in time with the beat and with each other? Can we strum
with one finger? Do we have relaxed wrists as we strum? Can we put our fingers
in the right place to make the chord F and the chord C. Show someone else in
the class how to play an F and a C. Can you play together, counting and
strumming 1 2 3 4? Can you count and play at the same time? How are you
holding the ukulele? Is the body of the ukulele against your tummy and the head
of the ukulele pointing up at a 45 degree angle?

For more ukulele songs and teaching ideas, go to Arts Online and
download the free “Ukulele SongBook”

Task 4 Expert Groups - Queens, cats and mice (to build vocabulary)
Talk about what each character (cat, mouse and queen) would be like. Ask the
class to describe some occasions when they‟ve seen a cat chasing a mouse.
Talk to the person next to you and share some ideas about what cats and mice
like to do. Ask the class what they know about the current Queen Elizabeth who
lives in London, England. Do they know of any other kings or queens? What do
they think life for the queen in London would be like (e.g palace, servants, family,
pets, media, charity).

Divide the class into 3 groups (queens, cats and mice). Share ideas about what
the characters are like e.g. where they live, what they look like, what they like to
do and how they behave. The teacher and students could start a class
vocabulary chart about queens, cats and mice while listening to the childrens‟

Task 5 Drama Activity (to practise asking and answering questions)
Ask 3 students to play the part of the queen, the cat and the mouse as the rhyme
is recited again. The teacher could play the part of the interviewer and the rest of
the class could respond with the answers.
What would each of the characters be doing?
e.g. Queen sits on her throne looking regal
Cat chases the mouse under the queen‟s chair
Hot seating – ask the 3 students who have played the role of queen, cat and
mouse some questions about what they were doing and what they were thinking
and feeling e.g. Queen, what did you think when you first saw the mouse? What
was it like when the cat and mouse ran under your chair? Mouse, what happened
when you saw the cat? Why did you go to the queen‟s chair? Cat, why did you
want to look at the queen? What happened when you saw the mouse?
Encourage the students to ask their own questions.

Reflection Oral language and participating and contributing
Are students able to assume roles of characters from the nursery rhyme?
What vocabulary are they using as they answer questions? Can they answer
Do they ask and answer in a monotone or vary their intonation?

Task 6 Musical questions and answers
Can the students remember the melody (tune) for “Pussycat, Pussycat”?
Divide the class into 2 groups, one to sing the questions and the other to sing the
answers. Pat the beat on your body as you take turns to chant the questions and
answers. Swap roles so the other group sings the questions.
Q: “Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”
A: “I‟ve been up to London to look at the Queen”
Notice that in the melody of each question the pitch goes up at the end of the
phrase and the pitch of the answer goes down at the end.
Draw the pitch movement of the melody for each question and answer with your
finger in the air as you listen to the Digistore recording. Write the pitch movement
of each question and answer as a line on the white board.

Task 7 Use the voice to create simple chants and melodies
Simple melodies can be created using just 2 notes. The notes G-E are pitched
well for young children‟s voices. The pitch interval of the notes G-E is a Minor 3rd
and is commonly used in playground chants. So-me Stories for Juniors by New
Zealander Stuart Manins are a resource designed to help children listen, sing and
write stories of their own. In the stories, children are encouraged to sing So-me‟s
name to the tune of 2 notes with a minor 3rd interval.

Students are particularly interested in composing their own songs. If they are
able to say or write short phrases, e.g. questions and answers, it is only another
short step to add a simple tune. Try adding a tune to some everyday classroom
chants e.g. Who is listening? I am listening.
Singing the roll
Listen to track 8 in the Ministry of Education resource “Into Music 1”
The teacher uses 2 notes with a pitch interval of a minor 3rd (F-D on this
recording) to sing a greeting to each of the children individually. The children
each respond by singing a greeting to their teacher and matching the pitch of the
same 2 notes.
Beanbag Game
One child in the group has the beanbag. At the end of each chant, the beanbag
is thrown to someone else. Use the same so-me interval. The melody of each
answer, echoes the question.
Group: Beanbag, beanbag, who‟s got the beanbag? G-E-G-E-G-E-G-E
Individual: I‟ve got the beanbag. G-E-G-E
Group: _______‟s got the beanbag. G-E-G-E

Reflection – Developing the ability to sing in tune
As you sing the beanbag game, or sing the roll, are the children able to match the
same 2 notes when they sing by themselves? Show the 2 notes using hand
signals to demonstrate the high and low pitch. Can they match at least one of the
notes? Do they sing a high note and a low note as you move your hand up and

Task 8 Learn to sing the Tongan Song Ki’i Pusi
Ki’i Pusi is recorded on the Tongan Songs CD. The first verse is very similar to
the nursery rhyme Pussycat Pussycat.
Verse 1
Ki‟i Pusi, ki‟i pusi
Na‟a ke „I fe ai pe he aho ni?
Na‟a ku „alu ki Lonitoni
„O „a „ahi ki he Kuini.

This song can be translated as:
Little kitten,
Where have you been today?
I went to London
To visit the Queen.

Little chick,
Where were you at noon?
I went to Rotorua
To visit Taniwha

Mother duck,
Where were you last night?
I went to Fangatongo
To visit Mangaono

Fangatongo is the King‟s palace in Vava‟u.
Mangaono is a place near by where six roads meet.

Play the recording of the song and enjoy the sounds of the cat, hen and duck.
Ask the children what else they noticed about the music. (e.g. language isn‟t
English, instrumental lead into each verse, mens‟ and womens‟ voices singing in
harmony, guitar and ukulele accompaniment)
Read the English translation of the song.
Where did each of the animals visit?
In which country is each place located?
When did they visit?
Who did they visit?

In verse 2, a chick visits Taniwha in Rotorua.
In verse 3, a duck visits Managano at Fangatongo (the King‟s palace in Vava‟u,

Listen to the song again, joining in to make the sounds of the cat, hen and duck.

Ask who has been to Rotorua or to Tonga and talk about what they did there.

Enlarge the words of the song from page 21 of the Tongan Songs book to make
an A3 word chart. Show the students the Ki‟i Pusi word chart and hum along with
the tune then start again and sing (or play CD) and echo each line of the first
verse. Identify the words in Tongan that might mean, „pussycat‟, „London‟ and

Listen to and echo each line of verse two. Identify the Tongan words for „chick‟,
„Rotorua‟ and „Taniwha‟.

Task 9 Learn to sing “Sau Pusi Sau”, a Samoan Song about cats and other
Sau Pusi Sau is recorded on the Samoan Songs CD in the key of G
Listen to the recording. Ask students what they noticed about the music What did
you notice about the song? Did you hear any instruments? How do you think the
guitar was being played? (The guitarist plays a repeated picking pattern, rather
than strumming the chords) Which animal sounds did you hear? What do you
think the song might be about?

The Samoan language has many similarities to Tongan and Māori, particularly
the pure vowel sounds. Find out if any of the students are Samoan or have been
to Samoa and if they know any other Samoan songs e.g. many children are
familiar with the song “Le „Aute” from Kiwi Kidsongs. It is important for the
children to learn to sing the words with understanding, correct pronunciation and
appropriate expression.
The English translation is
Come, kitty, come
Come drink your milk.
There‟s no need to sulk.
Come kitty come

Come, doggy, come,
Come eat the bone.
You look all alone.
Come, doggy, come.

Come, ratty, come,
Come eat your cheese.
Don‟t be cheeky,
Come eat your cheese

In a Samoan village you might hear children calling out “Sau, sau” when they are
feeding their cats. The children could maybe pretend to be cats, dogs and rats
and act out their parts as if they are being fed.

The melody in the song is very simple and quite repetitive, with a limited range of
5 notes. Sing each line to „la‟ and ask students to imitate what they hear.
Alternatively, play the recording and pause the CD after each line and imitate the
tune by singing „la‟ together. Are the students able to repeat the tune at the
correct pitch? Can they show the pitch movement with a finger moving up and
down as they sing?
Learn to sing each verse in Samoan. You (the teacher) might like to learn to
accompany the song on ukulele.

Task 10 Share and exchange ideas with Junior school children in another
classroom e.g. a Tongan or Samoan classroom
Contact a junior class in another school e.g. in Samoa, in Tonga or a junior
Tongan or Samoan language immersion class in Auckland. E.g. Search on
google to find the contact details for schools with Samoan or Tongan bi-lingual
classes e.g. “Samoan pre-school in Auckland”, “Tongan bi-lingual class in
Auckland school”
What questions would the children like to ask the other class?
Make a list of the songs and rhymes your class has been learning and ask if the
other class know any of the same songs.
Record your class singing Sau Pusi Sau, or Ki‟i Pusi and some English nursery
rhymes using audio recording software or video. Sound files can be posted to a
shared workspace (see above) or online using podcasting software such as
Podcaster or Podomatic.
Teachers can also share sound and audio files of their students engaged in
classroom music on the Arts Online Student Gallery.

Exchange some favourite rhymes and songs with another class by setting up a
shared work space on line. Wikispaces for Education is an easy to use online
space for creating 'living' documents that may include any sort of interactive
media and can be viewed and/or edited and commented on from anywhere with
Internet access.

Or arrange for a class visit to another school or a video-link communication with
another class, so students can ask and answer questions and share music
making with others.

Can the students sing with confidence the songs they have learnt? Do they keep
in time with each other as they chant and sing? Are they singing in tune with
support from a recording or accompaniment? Are they singing in tune when
singing solo or without an accompaniment? Can they accompany themselves on
ukulele? If so, what do they think they have learnt about playing ukulele? Which
chords can they play? Can they change chord at the right time? Can they strum
in time to the beat? If they are not able to accompany themselves, do they know
what they need to learn in order to play?

Related Activities
Links to other learning activities that use Nursery Rhymes as motivation for
literacy and arts learning
Junior Drama Unit “Little Miss Muffet” explores bullying.

Visual Art
Exemplars of Level One Visual Arts focus on illustrations from the book Greedy
Cat‟s Door

See Kiwi Kidsongs Dance for ideas on how to develop a dance to the song “The
Cat is Greedy”
Pussycat Pussycat
      “Pussycat pussycat,
   where have you been?”
   “I‟ve been up to London
     to look at the Queen”
     “Pussycat, pussycat,
      what did you dare?”
 “I frightened a little mouse
        under the chair”
Pussycat Pussycat
Pussycat Pussycat is recorded on the Digistore website in F major

 F                                        C
“Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”
“I‟ve been up to London to look the Queen”
“Pussycat, pussycat, what did you dare?”
“I frightened a little mouse under her chair”
Ki’i Pusi is recorded on the Tongan Songs CD in E Major which is a bit tricky
to play on ukulele. It could be played in F major.

                                                     As recorded on CD

                                                     Ki’i Pusi, ki’i pusi
                                                     Na’a ke ‘I fe ai pe he aho ni?
F                                                    Na’a ku ‘alu ki Lonitoni
Ki‟i Pusi, ki‟i pusi                                 B7            E
Bb                                                   ‘O ‘a ‘ahi ki he Kuini.
Na‟a ke „I fe ai pe he aho ni?
Na‟a ku „alu ki Lonitoni
C                F
„O „a „ahi ki he Kuini.

Ki‟i Moa, ki‟i Moa
Na‟a ke „i fe ai pe „aneho‟ata?
Na‟a ku „alu ki Lotolua
„O vakai a Tanefa

Fu‟u Pato, fu‟u Pato,
Na‟a ke „i fe ai pe „anepo?
Na‟a ku „alu ki Fangatongo
Ke vakai ki he Mangaono

Repeat verse 1
Sau, Pusi, Sau
By Henrietta Hunkin 2000

G             D
Sau, pusi, sau
G             D
Sau e inu lau susu
G          D
„Aua „e te musu
Am         D
Sau, pusi, sau
Am            D
Sau e inu lau susu

Sau, maile, sau
Sau „ai le ponaivi
Ta‟ata‟a to‟atasi
Sau, maile, sau
Sau e „ai le ponaivi

Sau, „isumu, sau
Sau e „ai lau sisi
„Aua e te cheeky
Sau, „isumu, sau
Sau e „ai lau sisi

CD Recording: Track 6, Samoan Songs (2000) Fatuga Fa‟asamoa I Aotearoa:
Samoan Songs. Wellington: Learning Media (book and CD)

Music Glossary
There is a music glossary for teachers on the Ministry of Education website Arts
Music glossary

Ministry of Education resource catalogue: Down the Back of the Chair

Into Music One
Ministry of Education (2001) Into Music 1: Classroom Music in Years 1-3.
Wellington. Learning Media (book and CD)

Ki‟i Pusi
Ministry of Education (2003) Track 7, Tongan Songs, Hiva, Ta‟anga, m e Himi „I
loto Nu‟u Sila, Learning Media (book and CD)
This is a traditional English song to which Sione Fifita Tupou has added two of
his own verses.

Sau Pusi Sau
Ministry of Education (2000) Track 6, Samoan Songs Fatuga F‟asamoa I
Aotearoa: Samoan Songs. Wellington: Learning Media (book and CD)

The Cat is Greedy
Ministry of Education (2007) Song from Kiwi Kidsongs 101, Learning Media (DVD

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