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Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes are so important in developing reading.

Each year the Academy gifts a nursery rhyme book to every Foundation Stage 1 child in order to start their journey to becoming a fluent, lifelong reader.

How to help you child

  • Start with short, simple rhymes e.g. Twinkle Twinkle, or Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Read the nursery rhyme to you child, using actions and facial expressions to capture their interest
  • As your child get used to the rhyme, encourage them to join in
  • Miss our rhyming words...encourage your child to finish the line
  • Devise your own actions for the rhyme that your child can join in with and remember
  • Clap along with a steady beat
  • Say the words wrong and let your child correct you!
  • Make a nursery rhyme prop box by collecting items that feature in the rhymes, these can include paintings and drawings you do together
  • Visit the library to borrow other nursery rhymes 

Rhyme Challenge Nursery Rhymes

Star Light Star Bright

Star light, star bright
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish, I dream tonight.

A Sailor Went to Sea

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
To see what he could see, see, see
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea

Old MacDonald

Old MacDonald had a farm, e i e i o,
And on that farm he had some ducks, e i e i o,
With a quack quack here, and a quack quack there
Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack quack
Old MacDonald had a farm, e i e i o

Old MacDonald had a farm, e i e i o
And on his farm he had some pigs, e i e i o
With an oink oink here, and an oink oink there
Here an oink, there an oink, everywhere an oink oink
Old MacDonald had a farm, e i e i o

Old MacDonald had a farm, e i e i o
And on his farm he had some cows, e i e i o
With a moo moo here, and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm, e i e i o

Old MacDonald had a farm, e i e i o
And on his farm he had some sheep, e i e i o
With a baa baa here, and a baa baa there
Here a baa, there a baa, everywhere a baa baa
Old MacDonald had a farm, e i e i o

E I E I O...

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Oh, sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye
Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie
When the pie was open, the birds began to sing
Wasn't that a dainty dish, to sit before the King

The King was in his counting house, counting out his money
The Queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden, hanging out the clothes
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose.

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys, bouncing on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said 
"No more monkeys, bouncing on the bed!"

Four little monkeys, bouncing on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said 
"No more monkeys, bouncing on the bed!"

Three little monkeys, bouncing on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said 
"No more monkeys, bouncing on the bed!"

Two little monkeys, bouncing on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said 
"No more monkeys, bouncing on the bed!"

One little monkey bouncing on the bed,
He fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said 
"No more monkeys, bouncing on the bed!"