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Reading and Rhymes

Welcome to our reading and rhymes page.  Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out print. Through hearing stories and rhymes, children are exposed to a rich and wide vocabulary.

This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work as well. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.

We will be sharing a story or rhyme each week for you and your child to enjoy together.  Get comfortable, listen to the story and then talk about what happened afterwards, ask your child open ended questions like:

  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • What was the funniest part?
  • What would you do/how would you feel if that happened to you?

We hope you enjoy these stories and rhymes...


Mrs Lloyd-Williams - Giraffes can't dance

Miss MacDonald - Bug's First Day at School

Mrs Rae - Dear Zoo

Mrs Quincey - Here's a square

Mrs Quncey - Mattie's twirly whirly tail

Mrs Rae - Solomon Crocodile

Miss MacDonald - Humpty Dumpty

Miss MacDonald - We're going on a bear hunt

Mrs Rae - Shark in the park

Mrs Rae - Incy wincy spider

Helpful Links

Please see below a selection of resources that we hope you will find useful: 

BBC Early Years Resources for Learning at Home

World Book Days Big Little Book Corner

Book Trust - Story Books and Games