Simple and fun writing ideas for your class this Christmas!

These Christmas card poems (featured in the poetry book Christmas Poems Chosen by Paul Cookson– Macmillan)  are a great way to inspire your children to write and perform at this busy time of year and the verses
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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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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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Time For A Bit Of Rhythm and Rhyme

Click here to download a free poetry ebook for your primary class and get your children performing! Does it have to rhyme? How many times do we hear children ask this question? Young writers can become a
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