Core Book Lists

 Core Texts, Songs and Rhymes

  We provide opportunities for children to ‘behave like a reader’ and discuss:

- the author (who wrote the story) & illustrator (person who drew the pictures / took the photos)

- publisher (usually a picture logo)

- directionality of print left to right

- the cover, inside title page, blurb on the back

- the purpose of punctuation

- key words

- letters in words that are meaningful e.g. in their name

- pick out long/unusual words

 To support learning in literacy we would like children to have experienced these stories, songs and rhymes during their time in our setting:

Under 3s


Over 3s


 Favourite Authors


 Songs and Rhymes

Traditional Nursery Rhymes

Circle Song Games

Twinkle Twinkle

Humpty Dumpty

Incy Wincy

Hickory Dickory Dock (change numbers)

2 Little Dicky Birds (change - children’s names)

Little Miss / Mr Muffet (role play)




Farmer’s in the Den / Seed is in the ground

Hokey cokey

Ring a ring o’ roses

Here we go round the mulberry bush

1 little teddy bouncing up and down (e.g. on parachute / lycra)

Bear likes honey

Sandy girl / boy

There was a princess long ago (Sleeping Beauty)

Action Songs

Number Rhymes

Hello / Name Songs

Makaton - ‘Good Morning everyone’

I’m Driving In My Car

Head Shoulders Knees And Toes

Old Macdonald - story sack

Ms Polly / Mr Jolly

Sleeping Bunnies

Row Your Boat

If You’re Happy And You Know It

I Am The Music Man

Turtle Song

Row Your Boat

Wheels On The Bus

Big Red Bus

Incy Wincy

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

Head, Shoulders

*5 little ducks - story sack

*5 little monkeys / crocodile - story sack

5 little speckled frogs

5 currant buns

5 little firefighters

5 little kangeroos

5 little men

5 little teddies sitting on a wall

10 green bottles

1,2,3,4,5,once I caught a fish………

1 little elephant balancing

Zoom, zoom, zoom

The Ants go marching 2 by 2