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Children put on show to celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week

Youngsters have been immersing themselves in the magical world of make believe as they mark World Nursery Rhyme Week.

Children at the four Elston Hall Learning Trust schools – Elston Hall, Palmers Cross, Goldthorn Park and Edward the Elder primary schools – are celebrating by learning and performing five several popular rhymes, including Five Little Speckled Frogs, Incy Wincy Spider, Dingle Dangle Scarecrow and the Big Ship Sails.

Nursery pupils at Elston Hall came dressed as their favourite rhyme or characters yesterday (Tuesday 15 November), with staff dressed as Incy Wincy Spider, a cat with a fiddle, Dingle Dangle Scarecrow, and even a cow who jumped over the moon!

More than 300 nursery and reception pupils from across the Trust also met one another virtually to sing their nursery rhymes, and took to the 'catwalk' to show off their outfits to one another.

Arts and crafts activities will continue all week, enabling children to take home props so they can perform rhymes with their family and friends.

Elston Hall Nursery Teacher Ciara Burns said: "Here at Elston Hall Primary School we are proud to be a Nursery Rhyme Ambassador for World Nursery Rhyme Week 2022.

"Nursery rhymes are excellent teaching tools and can help to develop language and literacy skills, numeracy skills alongside social, physical and emotional skills too – they are so much fun, and we are delighted that this is the second year in which we have been able to dedicate a whole week to the importance of nursery rhymes with our little ones."

Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "Nursery rhymes help young children learn about words, sounds and language formation, and are crucial to future reading and writing success.

"So it’s fantastic to see that schools like those in the Elston Hall Learning Trust are embracing World Nursery Rhyme Week, particularly when the communication and language development of many of our children has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic."

World Nursery Rhyme Week promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and education. Over five million children from 113 countries have taken part since 2013.

Councillor Chris Burden, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, right, with Ciara Burns, Nursery Teacher and pupils celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week at Elston Hall Primary School.


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