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Year 2 Language and Literature


Familiar and Favourite Poems

a good play

A Good Play

By Robert Louis Stevenson

We built a ship upon the stairs
All made of the back-bedroom chairs,
And filled it full of sofa pillows
To go a-sailing on the billows.

We took a saw and several nails,
And water in the nursery pails;
And Tom said, 'Let us also take
An apple and a slice of cake';
Which was enough for Tom and me
To go a-sailing on, till tea.

three wise men of gotham

We sailed along for days and days,
And had the very best of plays;
But Tom fell out and hurt his knee,
So there was no one left but me.


Three Wise Men of Gotham

Three Wise Men of Gotham
Went to sea in a bowl;
If the bowl had been stronger
My song had been longer.


The Purple Cow

By Gelett Burgess

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;

purple cow

But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.


'A Good Play' can be found on page 22,'Three Wise Men of Gotham' can be found on page 18 and 'The Purple Cow' can be found on page 29 of What Your Year 2 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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