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The Poetry Basket

Little Learners are pleased to have teamed up with North Somerset to take part in ‘The Poetry Basket ‘ project.

North Somerset have partnered with MakeBelieve Arts who offer thirty-six videos containing poems with actions for children aged 3 to 6. Performed by MakeBelieve Arts Artistic Director Trisha Lee, these poems include many lesser-known children’s rhymes from anonymous authors.

The Benefits:

  • Learning poems together is an enjoyable way of experiencing the play of language.
  • Reciting poetry creates a close bond between the adult and the child.
  • Saying poems out loud emphasises the sounds and rhythms of language or the syllables contained in each word, a vital part of learning to read.
  • When reciting a poem with actions, children discover and use new words in an almost effortless way. It is as if the rhythm and the structure of the verse give context to these unfamiliar phrases.
  • Poetry develops the skill of prediction, where the rhyming structure of the poems allows children to guess what word might come next.
  • As children recite poetry, the neurons in their brain light up. By repeating and learning new poems regularly, they strengthen their ability for memorising in this way.
  • The more poems children hear and recite, the more capable they become of recognising and memorising patterns, a vital part of early maths

An introduction from Gail Alder (North Somerset Early Years Team)

Introducting the Story Mountain structure (Gail Alder)

A basket of apples (Gail Alder)

 "If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart, by the time they are four years old, they're usually among the best readers by the time they are eight.”

Mem Fox - Reading Magic