Get singing, get rhyming, get talking, get reading…
The Rhyme Challenge is a fun way to introduce children and families to rhymes. Rhymes may be new to families or forgotten, and they require help to build up confidence to have a go themselves.
Young children learn best through seeing someone they know well doing things, and through repetition.
Rhymes can be shared almost anywhere – in the car or bus, the bath, in the supermarket. You can use rhymes during less popular activities to encourage children, for example, tidy up time, nappy changing, going to bed.
Welcome to this year’s Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge. If you are a parent, why not join in with the challenge at a library near you – see dates below.
Burley Library – 1.45pm on Tuesday 7, 14, 21 January and 4 February Wyke Library – 2pm on Tuesday 7, 14, 21, 28 January Wrose Library – 10.45am on Saturday 11, 25 January and 8, 22 February Menston Library – 10.30am on Saturday 11, 25 January and 8, 22 February Bingley Library – 10.30am on Tuesday 14, 21, 28 January and 4 February City Library – 10am on Wednesday 15, 22, 29 January and 5 February Ilkley Library – 10.30am on Saturday 18, 25 January and 1, 8 February Eccleshill Library – 2pm on Monday 20, 27 January and 3, 10 February Shipley Library – Toddlers 10am on Wednesday 22, 29 January and 5, 12 February Shipley Library – Babies 10.45am on Wednesday 22, 29 January and 5, 12 February Holme Wood Library – 10am on Friday 24, 31 January and 7, 14 February Wibsey Library – 2pm on Thursday 30 January and 6, 13, 27 February Baildon Library – 2.30pm on Thursday 30 January and 6, 13, 27 February Manningham Library – 2.30pm on Thursday 6, 13, 20 February and 5 March Clayton Library – 10am on Thursday 6, 13, 27 February and 5 March Thornton Library – 11am on Wednesday 12, 26 February and 4, 11 March Laisterdyke Library – 9.30am on Tuesday 18. 25 February and 3, 10 March Idle Library – 2pm on Monday 2, 9, 16, 23 March Keighley Library – 11am on Saturday 29 Feb, 7, 14, 21 March Great Horton Library – 11am on Wednesday 4, 11, 18, 25 March
You can also take the challenge at a local toddler group or nursery between September 2019 and March 2020.
These are aimed at Children aged 9+, they are really lively and good fun and we have activities before hand and hot chocolate and mince pies. Come along to the Science and Media Museum on 12/12/19 starting at 5pm. See link below for more information and tickets.
Today (06/11/19) we are hosting a learner celebration Event at Kala Sangam, St Peters House, Bradford.
Learners have worked hard to achieve their qualifications and we want this to be recognised. This year we have seen some fantastic progress and achievements. We continue to be good provider with Ofsted delivering quality teaching & learning.
There will also be the opportunity for learners to collect their certificate on the day. We have evaluated and summarised all the courses delivered in schools, so attendees can read the wonderful comments from our learners. There are also areas that can be improved with your discussion and support.
We would like to thank you for all your effort, hard work and continued support.
The Festival is full of FREE amazing activities which take place just before and throughout half term in venues across the district. To find out more contact your local venue. All activities are for parents and children to take part in together.
Retro Gaming Experience
Does your dad remember Donkey Kong? Did grandma play Pac Man?
Come along and play the games they used to play at our Retro Gaming Experience. All ages welcome!
City Library, free, drop in
Super Saturday 26 October, 12noon – 4pm Super Saturday 2 November, 12noon – 4pm
We’re going around the world at City Library for Family Learning Week. Take a trip with Julia Donaldson’s book The Snail & The Whale. Make storytelling wheels. Be part of our round the world retro gaming experience. Build oodles of Lego/Duplo with Bricks4Kidz. Help to create a giant Globe on the windows of City Library! Creative face painting also available!
City Library, free, drop in
Super Saturday 26 October, 11am – 3pm Super Saturday 2 November, 11am – 3pm
Build your own city around the world with Bricks4Kidz. There will be oodles of Duplo and Lego to enjoy, the only limit is your imagination!
City Library, free, drop in
Super Saturday 26 October, 12noon – 4pm Super Saturday 2 November, 12noon – 4pm
Jack & The Flum Flum Tree
Meet the characters, build a boat, become the crew and solve problems along the way using items from Granny’s patchwork sack. Explore the book with Mud Pie Arts. Use your imagination, work as a team, advise Jack and extend the story.
Free, suitable for 3-6 years. Booking is essential. Friday 1 November
Holme Wood Library – 10am Wyke Library – 1pm
Read Around The World with Marcelo Mouse at Wyke Library
Listen to the story in your own aeroplane box and then make a fantastic 3D world mobile craft. Take home your reading passport and read the books based around the world to win your very own “Reading Around The World” certificate.
Free, drop in
Tuesday 29 October, Wyke Library, 2pm
The Snail & The Whale stories and story wheel making workshop
Listen to the story and then make a great story wheel for hours of storytime fun!
Here to There: Travel to and from Bradford across the ages
Fun for all the family exploring how we got here! Whether on the bus, by bike, on foot or a journey your grandparents made long ago to find work or safety or both — let’s play with ideas and create a map of Bradford across time together.
Free, drop in, suitable for all ages
Wednesday 30 October, 1pm – 4pm
PEACE MUSEUM Peace Around the World!
Come and join us at The Peace Museum to discover peace all around the world through our exhibitions! Take a trail through our galleries finding out about peace in different countries. Create your own badge. Under 5’s colouring.
Please note the museum is located up 60 steps with no lift. Staff can help with pushchairs.
The Peace Museum, free, drop in, all welcome Wednesday 30 October, 10am — 4pm
The Big Draw Family Drop In: The World’s Biggest Community of Drawing Enthusiasts
This is a great year to draw your community together, draw, explore, get out and about, kick start a new creative you and be part of the world’s biggest community of drawing enthusiasts!
Join Musarat Raza, artist, as she makes Halloween hats and masks. Use the Young Open 2019 exhibition as inspiration and create your own spookiness.
Cartwright Hall Gallery, free event Thursday 31 October, 11am — 3pm Suggested donation of £2 per person
NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MEDIA MUSEUM
When the intergalactic visitor – an impish and adorable alien called LU-LA – crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure and sets off on a mission to shepherd LU-LA home…
This October Half Term flock to the National Science and Media Museum for a host of free activities inspired by A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, the latest feature film from Aardman & Studiocanal, in cinemas from October 18.
In addition to watching the film*, budding animators can get loads of behind-the-scenes tips and tricks, as well as make character models with the help of experts from Aardman.
Free activities for all ages.
Sat 26 October — Sun 3 November
Some events will require tickets in advance. Book ahead and plan your visit at scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/farmageddon
*Usual cinema charges apply.
Bradford and Me!
Come and take part in Bradford and Me! And get creative by sharing your stories of Bradford in our special sticker and postcard making workshop. This event is inspired by our exhibition Borderland: Stories from Donbas by Christopher Nunn, which shows photographs of everyday life in Ukraine.
Impressions Gallery, free, drop in
Saturday 19 October 10.30am – 4pm Wednesday 23 October 10.30am – 4pm
FAMILY LEARNING AND ADULT SKILLS
Crafting Around The World at the Library
Come join us for out of this world messy play activities. A range of creative making activities involving colouring, sticking, cutting and gluing to inspire families to get creative and have fun.
FREE Face painting during the day.
City Library, free, drop in Super Saturday 26 October, 11am – 3pm Wednesday 30 October 12noon – 3pm Super Saturday 2 November, 11am – 3pm
City Library 01274 433600 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Learning and Adult Skills 01274 433648 email: email@example.com
your setting ready for the latest Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge?
rhymers make great readers and the
Challenge is an excellent way
for children and parents to take
an informal learning opportunity whilst having lots of fun too. All they have to do is learn the five
nursery rhymes in the pack. It is suitable for pre-school, nursery and
reception age children.
you do the challenge is up to you – settings usually invite parents in for five
sessions to learn the rhymes with their children, but you can use the method
which works best for you. Whichever you choose it is important that families
complete the feedback sheets in the pack at the end of the challenge as we need
these to secure future funding.
pack contains full instructions and enough resources for 30 families, including
rhyme sheets and completion certificates. It is fine to photocopy any part of
the pack if you need more sheets, or if you have a lot of families please ask
for an extra pack.
parents who bring their completed Rhyme Challenge certificate into their local
library and enrol their child as a member (or show their child’s library card)
can enter a prize draw to win individual or group prizes!
shall be sending out packs on a first come first served basis – so if your
setting would like to do the challenge, please get in touch as soon as
possible. If you are able to collect your packs from your local library,
we would be happy to arrange it – just let me know which one.
children and 3,500 adults took part in the Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge.
Packs were sent out to settings and libraries across the district.
Rhyme Challenge has brought a new love of rhyme to my child. She now tries to rhyme anything and
everything. She is teaching the whole
family” – Bradford Parent
loves the library rhymetime” – Bradford Parent
What is the Bradford
Libraries Rhyme Challenge?
Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge takes place each year in libraries, voluntary
settings and maintained/non-maintained childcare settings. September – March.
challenge is simple.
ask settings/libraries to encourage parents to learn 5 rhymes with their child
and receive a certificate to say they have completed the challenge.
settings, toddler groups and libraries all take on the challenge in different
ways. Some have a set programme to learn
the rhymes over 5 weeks with a special celebration at the end, others have
simply taken the challenge head on and asked parents and carers to learn the
rhymes over a shorter period of time.
They then sing the rhymes together to receive the certificates.
does not matter which way the challenge is carried out. The aim is to ensure that parents, carers and
children have fun!
rhymes this year included:
Little Speckled Frogs
In A Box
Finger, One Thumb
Jacques (French version)
Libraries oversee the challenge
evidence is clear that great rhymers make great readers1 and as a
library service with an aim to develop our early years audience the Rhyme
Challenge helps in many ways to promote the services we provide and encourage
children on their life long reading journey.
challenge also aims to work towards improving the proportion of children
achieving a Good Level of Development in Bradford.
below is how the Rhyme Challenge links to the curriculum outcomes of the Early
Years Foundation Stage.
of Learning England
Years Foundation Stage
listening and sharing rhymes.
Learning rhyming sounds to aid future literacy.
creative: Expressing ideas and sharing feelings through music, movement,
role play and design technology.
Arts and Design
good: Developing a positive sense of themselves, doing things which help
Social and Emotional Development
and making sense of the world. Finding out about people and animals as
well as different cultures and places.
move: Being active and interactive, developing co-ordination, control and
challenge also supports practitioners and library staff become more aware of the
value of providing a language rich environment to promote the development of
children’s communication and language skills.3
practice when completing the challenge sees libraries and settings working with
families to learn all five rhymes and receive the certificate. Research consistently highlights that
families are the most important influence in a child’s early development and
prevention and early intervention to support families is crucial for good
health and social care outcomes by the age of 5.4
experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows
8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 they are usually among the
best readers by the time they are 8.5
5Mem Fox: Why
Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. Harcourt,
Group Leader Feedback
Rhyme Challenge has given us a focus.”
of group leaders said that the Rhyme Challenge was beneficial to the families
they work with.
of the groups involved provided feedback on how they had enhanced the challenge
in their settings. This took many forms
copies of rhymes home
Frog puppets Celebration event
Joined in with senior citizen club Parents at Play session
New cosy book area French bistro
Accompanied on the piano Dress up
French visitor taught rhymes Messy play
zigzag books Accompanied
Playdough Ball pool
Sign language Imaginative play
of group leaders thought that parents/carers and children now joined in more
with rhymes after the rhyme challenge.
of group leaders thought that the challenge had increased their knowledge of
the value of providing a language rich environment to promote the development
of children’s communication and language skills.
you can see from the chart below 97% of parents who responded said they sing
rhymes more since the introduction of the new rhyme challenge. 97% of respondents also thought that the
challenge had increased their awareness of the benefits of sharing rhymes with
very young children. 94% of parents said
that the challenge had increased their child’s speech and language skills.
also told us that they feel more confident to sing rhymes with their children
after taking the rhyme challenge (96% of respondents).
Rhyme Challenge Awards
practice awards for staff and practitioners.
for judging panel can include:
individual, group, centre, library or nursery that has:
a new element into the challenge
to ensure library membership for the families taking part in the challenge
crafts to enhance the challenge
activities around the rhymes
was not an exhaustive list and nominations could be made for a variety of
Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Individual Award
Coelho – Burley Library
Dennis – National Childbirth Trust
Parker – Senior Social Worker, Catholic Care
Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Library Award
Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Voluntary Sector Award
Marchbank Stay & Play
Catholic Care Centre
Andrews See and Know Toddler Group
John’s Playgroup Baildon
Joseph’s Catholic Primary Stay & Play with Catholic Care
Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Childcare Setting Award
Mazacs – Childminder
Community Centre Nursery
Lee Primary Nursery
& Rossefield Nursery School
Nightingales Day Nursery
Joseph’s Catholic Primary Nursery & Reception
Matthews CE Primary Nursery
Children’s Place Nursery & Amazing Grace Luncheon Club
Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Children’s Centre Award
Bradford Children’s Centre Cluster
and runners up will be announced at the Rhyme Challenge awards ceremony – 9
Case Study One: Primary
School Stay & Play
have really enjoyed the different activities set up around the rhymes. Many of our children are very young when they
join and it is amazing to see their progress as they develop an understanding
of focus, sharing and listening. They
Rhyme Challenge has helped in the development of speech, learning numbers,
colours, shapes, sizes, animal names and family.
of our activities included using green and yellow playdough and showing the
children how to make little playdough frogs to go on the log. We followed up this activitiy by everyone
singing the “five little frogs” rhyme. We
used the “one finger, one thumb keeps moving” to get the mums and toddlers up
and active. We made finger puppets as a
table activity to introduce the rhyme.
We linked rhyme time to the “50 Things Bradford” which we also promote
was a wonderful surprise to have Bookstart Bear come and visit us earlier this
year. Followed by the story time
sessions at Laisterdyke Library. Thank
you to Laisterdyke Library for having us and to the staff for making the story
time sessions so fun. Library sessions
with their toddlers was a first time experience for most of our mums as they
were not aware of how much was available for their children at their local
library. We got all of our children
signed up and our school too. This means
we can now borrow picture books and set up a little library at the stay and
school’s focus is on reading for children, for adults, for education and
especially for fun. We have succeeded in
showing parents how you can switch off the TV, table or phone and sit with your
child to enjoy a book together. The
interaction between a parent and child sharing an activity beats all digital
experiences at this young age.
Case Study Two: Community
additional new rhymetime was launched at the library to coincide with the start
of the Rhyme Challenge.
Rhyme Challenge was delivered twice a week over the four week period at both
the regular session and at the new
session on a Thursday. The Tuesday
session was an hour long and incorporated the Rhyme Challenge rhymes, a story
and complimentary craft. The new session
was launched on Week 1 of the Rhyme Challenge.
This was due to the overwhelming (as many as 40 children per week)
popularity of our Tuesday session. It is
a shorter session of 30 minutes and consists of rhymes only and is targeted at
the under 2 age group. Over the four
weeks, a total of 119 children and 85 adults attended on a Tuesday and 47
children and 41 adults attended on a Thursday.
Both sessions now continue term time only.
encourage all members of the family to join the library and have their own
ticket. We stress the fact that it’s
best to take children’s books out on a child’s ticket to avoid late fines. Parents/carers often express surprise that
babies can join the library – even newborns!
The youngest new joiner we have ever had was about two weeks old. We advertised the Rhyme Challenge on our
website, Facebook page and on posters inside/outside the library.
from parents “Love this group!”
Report compiled by Bradford Libraries Early Years
Development June 2019
Poem to Publication. Day Workshop with Mark
Library Saturday 20th July
10am – 4pm
A day workshop/seminar in which participants will bring in one
poem to be worked on in a participant led feedback seminar. We will also look
at recent examples of published poetry via selected texts.
In the afternoon, there will be writing exercises to inspire your next poems
and a Q & A session with the tutor, an award winning poet and managing
editor of a local poetry publisher, where you can grill him on all aspects of
poetry, from writing to getting your work into print in magazines, webzines
Chapter 1 Day Workshop – How to Plan and Start
Writing a Novel
Library Saturday 27th July
10am – 4pm
A day workshop focusing on how to plan and start writing a
novel. We will look at character, plot and setting via selected texts and put
pen to paper with writing exercises to help formulate ideas or expand on
ideas you may already have.
The aim of this workshop is to get our first chapters up and running. And the
really tricky bit….to keep going. We will also look at how not to write our
novels to avoid the trapdoors that many first time novelists fall through.
There will also be a Q & A session with the course tutor, a published and
critically acclaimed novelist, where participants can ask about all aspects
of writing a novel, seeking publication and beyond.
Library Saturday 13th July 6pm
Join us in Keighley Local Studies Library for a celebration of
Poet John Clare’s birthday and the end of our project ‘The Meeting – Reading
and Writing through John Clare’.
This project was created to mark the 200th anniversary of Clare’s most remarkable
year by forging a new set of ‘meetings’ of Clare with new writers in the
shape of poetry workshops. This project is part of a national scheme funded
by Oxford Brookes University and created by Prof Simon Kovesi.
writers group are looking for new members.
They meet in Bingley Library once a month on a Monday afternoon
The next meeting will be 8th July.
If you are interested in joining the group please email firstname.lastname@example.org