National Nursery Rhyme Week – 18th-22nd November 2019

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I am really excited to announce that Owls Class will be taking part in this year’s National Nursery Rhyme week.

Learning Nursery Rhymes provide  opportunities in many areas of development such as:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children can explore the feeling and motives of characters in rhymes. (e.g how did Little Miss Muffet feel when the spider sat down beside her?)

Communication and Language Development
Rhymes are fantastic vocabulary boosters. They often feature a pleasing rhythmic pattern and simple repetitive phrases that young children find easy to remember and repeat. In order to develop their phonological awareness, children need to be repeatedly exposed to spoken language and nursery rhymes provide the perfect way to do this.

Physical Development
The opportunity to ‘act out’ a favourite rhyme or action song encourages children to develop their fine and gross motor control skills as well as balance, coordination and the skills needed to follow simple instructions.

Seeing and saying Nursery Rhymes helps children make the connection between written and spoken language necessary to start understanding how reading works. They are also learning to recognise rhyme and hear initial letter sounds and relate them to written letters.

Counting songs (e.g “Five Currant Buns”) help to develop a familiarity with number sounds and words in a way that is fun and interesting to a young child. They also introduce the concept of scale, size and order.

Understanding the World
Children find many nursery rhymes link with events in their own everyday experiences such as a trip to the park to feed the ducks (Five Little Ducks), or sharing a picture book about boats (Row Row Row Your Boat).

The act of singing a rhyme or engaging with it physically encourages children to express themselves in a creative way. Acting out rhymes allows them to explore different characters and events. They also have opportunities to represent rhymes using art materials.

Over the next few weeks we will be learning the following Nursery Rhymes:

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Down in the Jungle
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Row Row Row your Boat
  • Two Little Dickie Birds

We would like to use this event to raise money for story sacks for our classroom so will be asking the children to collect sponsors for the number of songs they can learn. There is also a family quiz you can enter for 50p donation with a small prize for the most correct answers or first out the hat in the case of a tie.

You are invited to join us for a Grand Performance of the rhymes on Monday 25th November at 2.40pm in Owl’s Classroom.

Please check your child’s bag over the next few days for all the relevant information and song sheets.

Best Wishes

Mrs Emmett and Mrs Neath