Key Texts and Rhymes

Our Curriculum is based around a love of books and language. To embed this Grasmere Grassroots Goal we identify focused  texts and rhymes to promote listening and attention, vocabulary development and the children’s own story telling.

For Summer 1, our theme is ‘Lifecycles’ and our Value is ‘Respect’.

Here are our key texts and rhymes for this half term. 


By Eric Carle. 

Our key rhyme is ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’


Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. New York: The World | Lot #42057 | Heritage Auctions

By Eric Carle. 

Handa's surprise story book - discounted item – Edutrayplay ltd

By Eileen Browne. 

Our key rhyme is There’s a Tiny Caterpillar on a Leaf’


For Spring 2, our theme is ‘Changes’ and our Value is ‘Co-operation’. 

Here are the texts and rhymes for this half term:  


That's not my chick...: Fiona Watt, Rachel Wells, Rachel Wells: 9781474942959: Books

By Usborne. 

Ba Ba Black Sheep is the key rhyme for this half term. 


We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 1 (CBH Children / Picture Books) : Rosen, Michael, Oxenbury, Helen: Books

By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. 

Jack and the Beanstalk (My First Fairy Tales): Alperin, Mara, Chambers, Mark: 9781848957077: Books

The traditional tale of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. 

We will be learning ‘Max and Milly’ rhymes this half term.  


For Spring 1, our theme is ‘The Environment/Recycling. Our Value is ‘Love’. 

Here are the texts and rhymes for this half term: 


Published by Ladybird. 

‘Wind the Bobbin Up’ is the key rhyme this half term. 


First Experiences with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Let's Recycle! by [Roderick Hunt, Annemarie Young, Alex Brychta, Ms Kate Ruttle, Ms Annemarie Young]

By Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta.

By Trish Cooke. 

The key rhyme is ‘Our Environment Song’ by our own Mrs J Jarvis. 


Autumn Term 2: 

Our theme this half term is ‘Feelings and Emotions’. Our value is ‘Happiness’. 


That's not my hedgehog...: (THAT'S NOT MY (R))
That’s Not My Hedgehog
by Fiona Watt


Cartoon Nativity Scene with Holy Family Stock Vector - Illustration of background, design: 63644491
The Nativity Story

The Colour Monster: Llenas, Anna: 9781787412736: Books
The Colour Monster
By Anna Llenas

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

It would be fantastic if you are able to share these with your child at home.


Autumn Term 1

Out theme this half term is ‘Relationships’. Our Value is ‘Caring’. 


Spot Loves Nursery
by Eric Hill

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell

Owl Babies
by Martin Waddell 

Old Macdonald

The Wheels on the Bus