'I Can' poem with lyrics, backing beats and tips for writing.

Post date: Mar 3, 2014 10:18:35 PM

I've just made a little video to go with the poem 'I Can' which is on the 'Everybody Everywhere Stomp Your Feet!' album. This is a poem that I perform for KS1 and foundation stage children (that's roughly children between the ages of 3 - 7).

I get all of the children to stand up and join in with actions, which they usually enjoy. I've put all of the words into the video, mainly for the benefit of my nephew who is learning to read, but hopefully other people will find it useful as well.

The track is available to buy as a download : click the buy link on the widget above.

This poem has been used in KS1 workshops in schools. You can use the backing beat (track 19) to perform your own version of this poem.

Clap along to the beat and join in with 'I can, 1, 2, 3...' to show the syllables in each line.

Talk in group about things that the children are good at or just things that they enjoy doing.

Encourage the children to write their own version of the poem by listing things that they can do that will fit with the beat.

e.g. 'I can brush my hair, I can run quite fast,'

I Can

I Can

I can walk to school

I can skip a while

I can hop about

I can jog along

I can jump for joy

I can run a mile

I can hula-hoop

I can sing a song


I can swim a width

I can kick a ball

I can score a goal

I can climb a rope

I can fly a kite

I can build a wall

I can ride a bike

I can wash with soap


I can eat a pie

I can drink a drink

I can stroll to town

I can paint my face

I can wonder why

I can sit and think

I can roll around

I can win a race


I can see the sky

I can count white sheep

I can smell the sea

I can fall asleep.


© Helên Thomas

From 'Everybody Everywhere Stomp Your Feet​!​' and other poems by Helên Thomas, released November 11, 2011