An old lady who swallowed a fly

This lesson introduces learners to a traditional song about animals with a series of structured activities.

Rachael Ro

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the traditional song 'An old lady who swallowed a fly'. They will listen to the song, complete comprehension activities, act the song out, and sing the song. Finally learners can do some extension work based on the song, writing another verse or creating a new version.




To develop and practise:

  • vocabulary: animals (and food)
  • structure: infinitives of purpose
  • integrated skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing


Younger primary (7–9 years)


90 minutes approximately

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