World Nursery Rhyme Week – 15th November 2021

World nursery rhyme week logo

Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight. – Mem Fox, Reading Magic.

Listening to music and singing with young children is not only fun, but can play a powerful role in helping support their language development. 

During Nursery Rhyme week, we have focused on a different Nursery rhyme everyday. The children enjoyed singing all the nursery rhymes learning new songs and words.

children sat tapping rhythm sticks together
children sat tapping rhythm sticks together
A child playing the tambourine
A child playing the tambourine
A child playing the triangle

Day 1 – Incy WIncy Spider

The children explored the water tray set up with spiders and pipes to retell the nursery rhyme.  We also made our own spiders webs.

Incy Wincy spider poem poster
A table with fake spiders and pipes on
A child's spiderweb artwork
A child's spiderweb artwork

Day 2 – Sleeping Bunnies

We made our own bunny ears using different materials to make them fluffy!

A child's bunny hat artwork
Two children's bunny hat artwork and them dancing
A child's bunny hat artwork

Day 3 – Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes

The children enjoyed labelling different parts of the body. 

Children sat round a paper drawing of a person labelling it.
Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes poem poster
Children sat round a paper drawing of a person labelling it.

Day 4 – Down in the Jungle 

We made our own jungle pictures, recognising different animal prints. 

We used our imagination skills to walk through the jungle and move like the different animals we saw. 

A child creating jungle themed artwork
A child creating jungle themed artwork

Day 5 – Wind the Bobbin Up

We have been learning to use Rhythm Sticks to help tap the beat in our songs and words. The children used their sticks to wind them up and tap high and low to the beat of the nursery rhyme.

Wind the bobbin up poem poster
children sat tapping rhythm sticks together
children sat tapping rhythm sticks together