In Reception, our children love to sing nursery rhymes, and we learn a new poem every week! Not only are spoken and sung rhymes an opportunity for closeness and fun; the repetition, language, sounds and rhythm, help children to predict what’s coming next. This can make the words of the rhyme more memorable and highlight individual sounds, which prepares children for learning to read.
We know that learning to say and sing rhymes supports children’s skills as early readers! “Research has found that when a child knows eight or more nursery rhymes by heart, at the age of 4, that they are usually one of the best at reading and spelling in their class by the age of 8! ‘ Mem Fox Reading Magic.
So, this year Prince Edward decided to join many schools nation wide and take part in Nursery Rhyme Week!
First we descovered a crime scene outside! The children put together the clues and guessed it must have been “Humpty Dumpty”. We enjoyed singing the rhyme, and the children even made a poster to warn people about what happened to poor Humpty Dumpty! The children have even made their own Humpty Dumpty’s from resources independently in the workshop!
We have also enjoyed exploring the musical instruments, and using these to retell familiar rhymes. The children thought carefully about which instruments could make sounds to represent the beginning, middle and end of the familiar rhyme: incey wincey spider. This also supported our understanding of how stories are structured with an opening, problem and a resolution.
We have also enjoyed learning number rhymes 10 green bottles, 5 little ducks, 10 fat sausages, 5 little speckled frogs and 5 little men in a flying saucer. We have been learning all about subtraction and finding one less through being active, singing songs, and having fun.
We enjoyed learning rhymes, and we even created our own rhyming strings! We listened to the sounds in the words and looked at letter patterns to help us to identify when the ending of words was the same. We then thought of some other words that rhymed and added those to the strings!
We had a great week and have loved learning all about Nursery rhymes!
What have we been learning?
- to sing nursery rhymes, showing an awareness of words that rhyme.
- to explore sound patterns and create our own rhyming strings.
- to talk about how stories are structured with a beginning, middle and end.
- to subtract and find one less through being active, using practical resources and singing familiar songs.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- 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.
- Sing Nursery Rhymes with your children. If you are less confident with them yourself you can find them on Cbeebies and on the World Nursery Rhyme Week page (link is attached bellow).
- If you would like any more information on how rhymes support children’s reading development, please visit the sites bellow. You can also find videos, fun ideas and activities that you can try at home! https://www.worldnurseryrhymeweek.com/ https://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-features/features/2018/november/rhymes-in-early-childhood/