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We’re British, and we know it.

     We’re surrounded by the sea.

We start our day each morning

     With our morning cup of tea.


Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding

     Go hand in hand of course.

Apple pies or rhubarb crumble –

     Not without the custard sauce!


We’re British and we know it,

     And our countryside’s a dream -

And you'll find some English tearooms

     Serving scones with jam and cream.


The tinkle of the china cups,

     But allow the tea to brew,

Or to mash the tea for some folk –

     Well, it just depends on you.


We’re British and we know it.

    Our history goes way back

And we fight to keep our islands

     And we drive our foes all back.


We love our country villages

     And cricket on the green,

And the pride in British gardens

     Is something to be seen.


You can say that you are British

     If you love your fish and chips.

British men don’t show emotions –

     They just keep stiff upper lips.


To jump the queue is something

     That you never, ever do!

It was bound to be the British

     Who invented the first queue.


British men just love their football –

     It’s then you’ll hear them shout.

They let off steam, they down their beer,

     And stiff upper lips are out.


They support their teams most strongly

     And, if it’s a winning side,

You’ll see that they are British

     As they wave their flags with pride.


British folk are known by everyone

     To be tolerant and fair

But they’ll quickly rise in combat,

     So you foreigners, take care!!    


The British pint is known to all

     And cricket on the green.

It’s Britain where I'm growing old - - -

      With grace - just like our Queen!


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Reflective/Thinking Poems Skype Visits We're British and We Know It - Heading If Children Ruled the World

Two excellent poems for discussion are: Environmentally Friendly and Lessons from the Past - comparing the war years of the 1940s with life as it is today - my childhood in fact.

Try my new poem, in your class discussions: