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Making rhythm and rhyme a little bit easier…

  Hello! Asking the children in your class to write a poem using rhythm and rhyme with little preparation and inspiration can often yield nonsensical and unsatisfying results. However the following poem by Charles Thomson demonstrates a
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Learn a poem for performance!

  The new English curriculum now requires children to learn poetry off by heart. On my many visits to primary schools across the UK I often get invited  to judge poetry recital/ slam competitions and I am constantly amazed at
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Inspire the reluctant writers in your class!

Finding ideas to inspire the reluctant writers in our classes can be very difficult- poetry writing for some children can seem especially onerous! I have used the following poetry writing idea How To Make a Poem (Blue
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Teach powerful verbs using poetry!

  Sometimes poetry can be used to get to the point of a literacy lesson a lot quicker than when using regular prose. I wrote the attached poem ‘Mrs Jardine’ (below) while keeping the idea of teaching
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Having fun with word play!

Click here to download a free poetry ebook for your primary class and get your children performing! Mesostic Poems- What are they? Everybody has heard of acrostic poems where a word runs down vertically at the beginning
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Everything Teachers Should Know About Poetry In The New Curriculum!

Click here to download a free poetry ebook for your primary class and get your children performing! Poetry In The New Curriculum- Ian Bland Children’s Poet and Performer Before the new curriculum poetry it seems had played
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Come Quick! There’s A Dragon In The Garden!!

Click here to download a free poetry ebook for your primary class and get your children performing! Come Quick! There’s a Dragon In The Garden! Some time ago I posted a piece on my blog about poems
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Poems To Learn And Perform!

Click here to download a free poetry ebook for your primary class and get your children performing! Learning and reciting poems has become a central part of literacy in the new curriculum. It is now expected that
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5 Fantastic Reasons For Inviting A Professional Poet Into Your Primary School

Click here to download a free poetry ebook for your primary class and get your children performing! As a professional children’s poet I have worked with literally thousands of schools, libraries and festivals over the last fourteen
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