This topic is extremely well suited to children in Year R as part of the Foundation stage curriculum. Not only does it help children to grasp the difference between past and present, it also opens up vital areas of vocabulary which children will need to know whenever they want to describe anything that happened in the past. Use of phrases such as ‘long ago’ may seem vague and meaningless, but with frequent repetition in a context of stories and rhymes, it does help consolidate children’s very rudimentary understanding of the very difficult concept of time and builds simple foundations for later work.
Rather than try to cover too many rhymes, the site focuses initially on three: Wee Willie Winkie; Jack and Jill and Polly put the kettle on. All have been taught very successfully to Reception classes.
The images used come from the following books
Nursery Ryhmes illustrated by Eric Kincaid Brimax books 1990 ISBN 185854 5390
Lucy Cousins Big Book of Nursery rhymes (MacMillan 1998) ISBN 0333722698