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A daily dose of poetry
Daily dose of poetry – June
Day 1 – Poetry about Poetry
Day 2 – Writing & The Writer
Day 3 – Reading & Readers
Day 4 – School!
Day 5 – Identity
Day 6 – Poems about smiling & poems that make you smile!
Day 7 – Food & Eating
Day 8 – National Ocean Day
Day 20 – Trees!
Day 21 – Poetry about fathers
Day 22 – Being Little
Poetry book of the month June
Fun Reading Ideas
Cracking texts for Key Stage 1
Challenging picture books for upper KS 2
Developing a thematic approach
Can you trust the story book wolves? A thematic approach
Texts for supporting outside learning
The National Strategies units of work
Thematic book lists
Cross curricular writing in KS 2
Interesting resources to support writing
Winter and Christmas
A snow adventure story
Brilliant films to support great literacy teaching
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Cracking blogs and websites!
Books of the month
The Midnight Hour – Read & Trinder
The day the crayons quit – Daywalt & Jeffers
The day the crayons came home – Daywalt & Jeffers
There’s a lion in my cornflakes – Robinson & Field
Sam’s Sandwich – Pelham
Little Robin’s Christmas – Fearnley
Battle Bunny – Scieszka, Barnett & Myers
Rooftoppers – Rundell
Circus of thieves – Sutcliffe & Tazziman
Training and support
Developing speaking and listening skills
Raising standards in reading
Raising standards in writing
Moderating of writing
Developing a love of poetry
Developing literacy through the arts
Assessment for learning
Up and coming training courses
A daily dose of poetry
I have always loved poetry! But not everyone does. It’s MARMITE!
When I was little I would recite poetry because I thought it sounded nice around my mouth (Mum said I loved an audience!) I enjoyed the sound of words and sang my heart out in school productions and later on stage in musicals like Godspell and Joseph and his amazing technicolour dream coat. (I said I was a frustrated actor – I was living the dream!)
When I became a teacher that love of language was at the heart of everything I did and right in the middle sat
. As an N.Q.T. in London, I took part in the
and saw the power of poetry. I spent the next 18 years, as a teacher, pouring poetry over children and bathing them in its glory!
But not everyone sees poetry like I do and some teachers avoid it or just do an ACROSTIC at CHRISTMAS! I truly believe that if you don’t like poetry, it’s just that you haven’t found the right poems for you. Don’t worry if you don’t know what they mean. Don’t be scared of not being a poet. Start by finding poems that you enjoy. Dip your toe in and soon you’ll be fully submerged. I promise.
Here are some poems that hopefully will help you.
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