Our children love singing Nursery Rhymes all the time so when we found out it was Nursery Rhyme we decided to join in.
There was a different rhyme to learn each day and the children loved learning them, including some new ones.
Monday- Baa Baa Black Sheep
Tuesday- Down in the Jungle
Wednesday- Incy Wincy Spider
Thursday- Row Row Row Your Boat
Friday- Two Little Dickie Birds
Not only did we learn the original rhymes we learn different versions as well, such as Baa Baa White Sheep.
Baa baa white sheep, have you any wool, No Sir, no Sir, no bags full, none to mend the blankets, none to mend the socks, none to mend the woolly gloves and none to mend the frocks.
We went on a special Nursery Rhyme Hunt round school following some clues. They took us everywhere trying to find out where to go next.
Each time we had to think which rhyme the clue was telling us about and we sang it to check we remembered the whole rhyme. Then we went to the next place to check we were right. The children did an amazing job of guessing which rhyme it was and also knowing all the words. We went singing all around the school before the clues took us back to Nursery.
The children in Nursery on Thursday with Mrs Woods got a super special treat when she brought her ukulele along to sing the Nursery Rhymes. The children then joined in with their own instruments. You can see the photos in the Floor Book.
What we been learning?
- To recite as many Nursery Rhymes as we can and also different versions of the same rhyme.
- To follow clues and think about what they are telling us to do next.
- To play musical instruments alongside singing and the ukulele playing.
- About the different sounds and rhyming words in Nursery Rhymes.
“If children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8” Mem Fox, Reading Magic
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Sing Nursery Rhymes with your children. If you are less confident with them yourself you can find them on Cbeebies here and on the World Nursery Rhyme Week page here.
- Read books with rhyming words in them- Julia Donaldson books usually have rhyming words. Can your child finish the sentences with a rhyming word? Can they hear which word between two is the rhyming words? eg. The cat is black, It sits in a….. Is it sack or bed?
- Play other rhyming games such as Cake Bake on Phonics Play. Click this link to find the game. You will need the Username: PRINCE2 and the Password: EDWARD to access the site fully.