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

core texts for website and families u3s.pdf


Over 3s

core texts for website and families o3s.pdf


 Favourite Authors

pembury house favourite authors.pdf


 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