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Nursery Rhymes

This term we will be taking part in a rhyming challenge. It is designed to enhance a child’s early language skills and promote a love of rhymes and early poetry. The challenge is to learn 10 traditional nursery rhymes over a set period of time. We will add the words to a blog, along with a video for the tune, so that you can practise them at home and then we will sing them during group times. At the end of the challenge, the children receive a certificate for taking part. 

Children learn many things from nursery rhymes, and the benefits of learning them as young children can last a lifetime!

By taking the Rhyme Challenge, you will:

  • Help your child develop early language skills
  • Support your child’s enjoyment of learning
  • Contribute towards all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage

So, what do children learn or gain from nursery rhymes?  
1. Rich and interesting vocabulary!
2. The rhythm, and flow of their language.
3. Exposure to rhyming words that helps them develop that all important phonemic (sound) awareness, which eventually helps them learn to read and sound out words.
4. A chance to practice speaking the same words clearly- to help avoid speech and articulation problems in the future.
5. Confidence as learners!
6. They start to see themselves as readers when they see the nursery rhymes in print that they have already memorised orally

Singing the nursery rhymes and putting movements with them is a fantastic way to help children remember the rhymes. We hope you have lots of fun learning the songs and making up some actions to go with them!


The first rhyme to learn is ‘Miss Polly Had a Dolly’.


Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick

So she called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick.
The doctor came with his bag and his hat
And he knocked at the door with a rat-a-tat-tat.


He looked at the dolly and he shook his head
And he said, "Miss Polly, put her straight to bed".
He wrote on a paper for a pill, pill, pill
I'll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill.