Launched in 2013, World Nursery Rhyme Week promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and education. Every year Early Years settings from around the world join together to learn the same Traditional English Nursery Rhymes. Nursery rhymes are a fundamental way for children to learn vocabulary, sound awareness and rhyming which are all key Language and Literacy skills.
Over the last few weeks during specialist music lessons with Ms Chrissy each class has been busy learning one of the five songs that children from around the world are learning this year. Through learning nursery rhymes the children learnt new vocabulary, language structures, made links to their own experiences and developed their Personal, Social and Emotional skills by having the self-confidence to perform in front of their peers.
F3 extended this learning opportunity by bringing the themes of the rhymes into their classroom provision and play. This helped them to secure the new vocabulary in English and dig deeper into their understanding and own experiences. They learnt about animals that lived on farms (Old MacDonald had a Farm) and we brought in our own Vietnamese perspective by learning a traditional Vietnamese Nursery Rhyme about The Cat and The mouse.
F2 have spent the week taking part in the ‘Rhyme a day’ challenge where each day their classroom learning and circle times have linked to the singing and learning of each of the 5 world nursery rhyme song. F1 have used their nursery rhyme ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ as the focus for their activities in both the indoor and outdoor classroom with lots of fun activities and language learning circle times.