How Can I Teach Rhyme?

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How Can I Teach Rhyme?

Teaching children awareness of rhyme, and the ability to use rhyming words in spoken language and writing for an effect is a skill that needs to be taught. Rhyme helps our youngest children tune into language. It is a great way for their brains to remember facts (think about all of those 80s song lyrics you can remember and not supermarket prices). Rhyme can spur creative thinking, as children invent their own rhyming poems. This blog will guide you through some of the best Twinkl resources to support your teaching.

So spare ten minutes of your time, to learn all about rhyme!

What Does Rhyme Look Like In EYFS?

Every fantastic Foundation Stage Teacher will say how important rhyming is for children and this starts in the Early Years. Children must hear sounds long before they can start to copy, then master them for themselves. The government’s Letters and Sounds document recommends that; ‘Children need to build a stock of rhymes through hearing them repeated over and over again’ so use this EYFS Ultimate Tolsby Nursery Rhymes Resource Pack to teach your class a bank of nursery rhymes.

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Encourage children to make up their own accompanying actions to help them remember the words. Once children have mastered nursery rhymes, they can become ‘rhyming detectives,’ spotting words that rhyme and picking out ones that don’t. These fantastic Phase 1 Odd One Out Rhyming Cards will ensure that children start to hone their skills to match the rhyming words. Children can further this skill as they experiment, by finding their own rhyming words with this interactive Phase 1 Phonics Rhyming Hotspots. Children click on a picture, guess a word that rhymes, then click again to reveal three rhyming words.

Play Now! Phase 1 Phonics Rhyming Hotspots

The teaching of rhyme in the early years has a hugely positive effect on children’s reading, as Siobhan Freegard states in this article, Viewpoints: Teaching children to read, and we can, of course, also use rhyme as a really effective way to teach different facts. Our brains can remember things more easily when there is a song or rhyming poem associated with it. This Number Formation Rhyme PowerPoint helps children to learn how to write numbers using the powerful tool of rhyme.

What Does Rhyme Look Like In Key Stage One?

Our national curriculum values oral rehearsal and spoken literature as performance. Starting this early means that children will be able to perform with more confidence as they grow. Organise your own class poetry performance, with children learning and performing poems in small groups. Use the Two stars and a wish comment labels to guide children through the process of critically evaluating a performance, with the friendly approach of praising two things that were excellent and suggesting one element that could be changed next time.

In EYFS children learnt a bank of nursery rhymes, whilst in year one and above you can help children’s love of reading and appreciation of rhyming poems with the Twinkl Originals rhyming book, Ronald the Rhino which children will love. In this key stage, children should be able to express opinions and views about poems and this Mixed KS1 Poems PowerPoint is the perfect basis for a discussion. Why not ask children to write their thoughts on these Speech bubbles? These can be used as part of your working wall or rhyming poems display to show learning.

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FREE Download! Ronald the Rhino eBook

What Does Rhyme Look Like In Key Stage Two?

Of course, rhyme is just one feature of poetry, and as children move into key stage two they need to be familiar with other aspects of poetry, so expand your class’s knowledge using the Features of Poetry Word Mat.

Reading aloud, and being aware of the voice, is a very important part of key stage two English, but can still be a daunting prospect for some children. Use A Message From Your Brain Growth Mindset Poem and Resource Pack, which is packed full of poetry resources. The pack uses the brilliant theme of growth mindset, explaining to the reader that if they can’t do something yet, with practice they will be able to. This growth mindset message could not be more apt when encouraging children to keep practising their growing performance skills.

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Download Now! World Poetry Day: ‘A Message from Your Brain’ Growth Mindset Poem and Resource Pack from the Twinkl Poetry Collection

This Narrative Poems PowerPoint is a mini-compendium of poetry, containing the texts of six famous narrative poems, which could all be used as analysis pieces or performed in a special assembly alongside those younger children who are busy learning their nursery rhymes.

twinkl resources on teaching rhyme

Download Now! UKS2 Narrative Poems PowerPoint

Rhyme is a really important part of our curriculum and one of the key steps for children to understand the rhythm of the English language. Keep inspiring those children; keep working hard, for one of them may become the next bard!

The Twinkl community would love to see your creative work linked to rhyme. Please share any performance photos, working walls, or your own class poems featuring their chosen rhyming words on our TwitterInstagram and Facebook pages so you can inspire all of your colleagues around the world today.

Angela Rusk from Colvin Elementary explains how to help students learn to find rhyming words, in this practical video by Teach for Life.

This article was originally posted on the Twinkl Education Blog by Hannah Brown.

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Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown works at Twinkl as a Content Writer for our Rapid Response team. She has 9 years of experience teaching and has a passion for all things Early Years! When she's not creating resources, as part of the fabulous Twinkl team, she loves spending time with her young family (and testing resources out on her son).