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Wk beg 16.11.20

This week we celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week. This is a world-wide initiative celebrating the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development.  As well as being fun, nursery rhymes boost vocabulary and language development. They help children to develop literacy skills, numeracy skills as well as social, physical and emotional skills. It is widely believed that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are eight years old.

We will be focusing on a different rhyme each day and completing a range of activities related to each rhyme. This year the schedule is as follows:


Monday 16th November – Wheels On The Bus

Tuesday 17th November – Five Little Speckled Frogs

Wednesday 18th November – Hickory Dickory Dock

Thursday 19th November – Old MacDonald Had A Farm

Friday 20th November – Miss Polly Had A Dolly


Don't forget our dressing up day on Thursday 19th November where we would like the children to come dressed as farmers or animals, to fit in with our daily rhyme, Old MacDonald had a Farm. 

We kick start the week with The Wheels on the Bus nursery rhyme. If your child hasn't been on a bus then watch a couple of minutes of the clip below to give your child an idea of what it would feel like to be on a double decker bus. Talk about some of the things you can see on your virtual bus tour.
To support your child in school sing the Nursery Rhymes that we have been practising in school.

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Hickory Dickory Dock

Miss Polly had a dolly

A selection of activities will be available for the children to choose from to further develop their learning related to the daily rhymes. These include:


Using our toy vehicles to explore different track marks made, using a selection of paints and papers.

Use of large and small construction toys to make a bus, double decker bus and tractors, within our indoor environment, outdoor environment and at Forest School.

Creating a bus and counting the numbers of children on the bus, and the numbers of children getting off the bus at the different stops. 

Use of our play tray to act out the rhyme 5 Little Speckled Frogs.

Use of tweezers to pick up play spiders and insects and feed them to the frogs on the cups. 

Using the pencil control sheets to create downward lines and circles in the theme of the daily rhymes.

Exploring watches and clock faces to create times and match numerals to the clock faces. 

Playing Old MacDonald farm lotto by matching animals to a base board.

Rolling a die and collecting the correct amount of animals to be placed in the fields. 

Use of role play masks to re-enact the Rhyme, Old McDonald had a Farm.

Use of our Nursery Rhyme soft toy bag to select a toy and sing the correct nursery rhyme.

Use of our puppet theatre to use the puppets to act out Old McDonald had a Farm nursery rhyme. 

Use of instruments to add to the Nursery Rhymes keeping to the beat.

Making a Get Well Soon card for Miss Polly's Dolly.