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Core Books and Rhymes

We have carefully chosen a selection of Core Books and Rhymes which children will hear and learn throughout their time in our nursery schools.

A list of these Core Books, alongside our rationale for inclusion, can be found by clicking the link below.


Core Book List


Reading makes all other learning possible. We have to get books into our children's hands early and often.

Barack Obama


Core Rhymes are sung each and every day, with new songs and rhymes added throughout the year. Children also have access to Core Rhyme books available in the nursery, which they use to role-play as a teacher, often leading friends in group singing sessions.

To support your child with learning and revisiting these rhymes, please look at those listed below.


1,2,3,4,5, Once I Caught a Fish AliveAunty Monica

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Big Red Bus

Chick, Chick, Chicken


Hairy, Scary, Castle

Hammer, Hammer, Hammer

Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

Hot Cross Buns

Incy Wincy Spider

Jelly on the Plate

Miss Polly

Princess Song

Rabbit in my Garden

Row, Row, Row Your BoatShake My Sillies OutWeather SongWhat's Your Name?Wheels on the BusWind the Bobbin UpWormZoom, Zoom, Zoom!


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