Rhythm and rhyme: Let’s move!

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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

Act out traditional and original action rhymes while exploring movement, role play and dance

Let's move!

1 The grand old Duke of York

Re-enact a traditional rhyme

Physical Development

Movement and Space

Development matters: show delight in the freedom and changing perspectives that standing or beginning to walk brings (8-20 months); mount stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet (30-50 months).

Early learning goal: show awareness of space, of themselves and of others.

What you need

Group size: four children.

Two sets of solid wooden steps.

What to do

Push the steps back-to-back and invite the children to take turns to climb up and down them as the rest of the group sing the traditional rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York:

The Grand Old Duke of York

The grand old Duke of York

He had ten thousand men

He marched them up to the top of the hill

And he marched them down again

And when they were up they were up

And when they were down they were down

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