At Foundry Lane Playgroup we have chosen a selection of ‘Core Books’ for children to enjoy.

These books are a mixture of classics and new books across a range of styles. During their time at Playgroup the children will get to know these books inside out. This will help them use stories, language, characters and ideas as part of their role play, art work, story-telling and eventually writing.

We hope they are books that the children will enjoy sharing with their families too!

Dear Zoo – By Rod Campbell

We’re going on a Bear Hunt – By Michael Rosen

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – By Eric Carle

Room on a Broom – By Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo – By Julia Donaldson

“Where’s my Teddy?” – By Jez Alborough

Handa’s Surprise – By Eileen Browne

Elmer – By David McKee

The Rainbow Fish – By Marcus Pfister

 

Core Songs and Nursery Rhymes

Singing songs and rhymes with your child is really good for them, as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for children to learn language skills. Your child will love hearing the same rhymes over and over again and will soon learn to join in with the actions. Singing and reciting with your child is also a great way of bonding with them.

Here are the words and actions to some popular songs and nursery rhymes that we will regularly sing with the children:

Incy Wincy Spider

Incy Wincy spider climbing up the spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain

And Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round, all day long

The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish; Swish, swish, swish; Swish, swish, swish. The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish, all day long

The horn on the bus go Beep, beep, beep; Beep, beep, beep; Beep, beep, beep. The horn on the bus go Beep, beep, beep, all day long

The children on the bus go Chatter, chatter, chatter; Chatter, chatter, chatter; Chatter, chatter, chatter. The children on the bus go Chatter, chatter, chatter, all day long

The driver on the bus says “Move on back, move on back, move on back;” The Driver on the bus says “Move on back”, all day long

The mommies on the bus say “Shush, shush, shush; Shush, shush, shush; Shush, shush, shush.” The mommies on the bus say “Shush, shush, shush” all day long

1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a Fish Alive

One, two, three, four, five. Once I caught a fish alive,

Six, seven, eight, nine ,ten, Then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

This little finger on the right

Five Little Speckled frogs

Five little Speckled Frogs sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool Where it was nice and cool

Then there were 4 green speckled frogs

Repeat counting down

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,

One fell off and bumped his head,

Mama called the doctor, And the doctor said,

No more monkeys jumping on the bed.

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed, One fell off and bumped his head,

Mama called the doctor And the doctor said,

No more monkeys jumping on the bed.

Repeat counting down

Five Fat Sausages

Five fat sausages sizzling in the pan

One went pop the other went bang

Four fat sausages sizzling in the pan

One went pop the other went bang

Three fat sausages sizzling in the pan

One went pop the other went bang

Two fat sausages sizzling in the pan

One went pop the other went bang

One fat sausage sizzling in the pan

One went pop the other went bang

No fat sausages sizzling in the pan

The Farmer’s in his Den

The farmer’s in his den, The farmer’s in his den, E I E I O – The farmer’s in his den. (with one child in the centre of a circle).

The farmer wants a wife, The farmer wants a wife, E I E I O – The farmer wants a wife. (the farmer picks a wife).

The wife wants a child, The wife wants a child, E I E I O – The wife wants a child. (the wife picks a child).

The child wants a nurse, The child wants a nurse, E I E I O – The child wants a nurse. (the child picks a nurse).

The nurse wants a dog, The nurse wants a dog, E I E I O – The nurse wants a dog. (the nurse picks a dog).

The dog wants a bone, The dog wants a bone, E I E I O – The dog wants a bone. (the dog picks a bone).

We all pat the bone, We all pat the bone, E I E I O – We all pat the bone

Five Currant Buns

FIVE currant buns in a baker‛s shop

Round and fat with a cherry on top

Along came a boy, with a penny one day

Bought a currant bun and took it away.

FOUR currant buns in a baker‛s shop

Round and fat with a cherry on top

Along came a girl, with a penny one day

Bought a currant bun and took it away.

Repeat counting down

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle Twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Wind the Bobbin Up

Wind the bobbin up

Wind the bobbin up

Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap

Wind it back again

Wind it back again

Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap

Point to the ceiling,

point to the floor

Point to the window,

point to the door

Clap your hands together, one two three

Put your hands upon your knee