Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Rhyme
by Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Taylor and Gillian Clarke
Here are some simple, easy to remember, predictable rhymes that have been handed down orally for generations.
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
Hey! diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Why not try to make your own class version of this- perhaps starting “Ho! doodle, doodle”? Using simple models to copy from is the best way to encourage children to write creatively.
THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL
There was a little girl and she had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead;
When she was good she was very, very good,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN
There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile:
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.