The Ofsted Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, is set to tell a childcare conference today (Wednesday 8th November) that children are not memorising songs such as Jack And Jill or Mary Had A Little Lamb any more, according to a report published in the Sunday Times.
She believes that children are choosing to play iPad games based on cartoon characters instead, however she claims those children that have memorised nursery rhymes by the age of four years old are better at adapting to school.
“It’s a great shame. I imagine most of you could recite The Grand Old Duke Of York. But we can’t say this is the case for children today. Humpty Dumpty may seem old-fashioned, but children who can sing a song and know a story off by heart aged four are better prepared for school. Nursery rhymes provide a collective experience, and teach a little bit of social history to boot.”
Well here at Under5s we have lots of rhyme based resources, for example Fun with Fish based on the rhyme 'One, two, three, four, five,once I caught a fish alive.'. And we will be adding lots more rhymes over the next few weeks. So we are not sure that the Chief Inspector is correct, what do you think ?