In Year 1 we have been learning about poetry. Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Using poetry, as teachers, enables us to teach our students how to write, read and understand any text.
Poetry uses powerful imagery, can be inspiring and can elicit powerful emotions, giving students a healthy outlet for their emotions.
Reading original poetry aloud in class can foster trust and empathy in the classroom community, developing speaking and listening skills. In our class the students had copious amounts of fun creating and writing their own rhymes and poems.
Year 1 Teacher
As we come to the end of the term, the Year 5 classes are hardly winding down. Instead, they have been stimulating their imaginations, and developing their creativity, both outside and inside the classroom.
Our recent Outing allowed us to take a trip into History, as we visited a replica Victorian school. The Year 5 classes spent the day pretending to be Victorian pupils in a Victorian school. We developed a vivid picture of what the day-to-day life of a Victorian child would have been like. In the Cambridge curriculum, the focus in History is not just on learning facts – it’s about really forming a picture of what the world was like in the past, and our outing definitely helped us do that. Our Inting had a Victorian theme as well, the students had to decorate a table in Victorian style, and provide a Victorian High Tea to go on the decorated table. Apart from being mouthwatering, this helped us to imagine a different kind of Victorian experience – a very yummy one! It also reminded us of the novel we’ve been reading this term – Alice in Wonderland. The Mad Hatter didn’t quite show up at this tea party – though there were some cool hats to be seen!
Our creativity, however, hasn’t only extended to life outside the classroom. Apart from reading novels together, the Year 5 classes have begun exploring a different kind of literature – namely poetry. Towards the end of the term, we began focusing on a particular kind of poetry: Haiku. A Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry, which is always three lines long. The first line is five syllables, the second is seven syllables, and the third is five again. This is a tough structure to work with, but the students rose to the challenge. It was really amazing how they managed to be free and creative within the rigid structure of the poem.
A Miserable Night
A miserable night,
Everybody is freezing.
They all went to bed.
– Ronan Macey
In Hogwarts towers
Students walk to their classes
Teachers lead them on.
– Kaylah Leach
One dark, moonlit night
Cars are driving in the street
Like snakes hiss and slither.
– Aiden Brandt
A Winter Morning
A Winter morning
The sound of snow falling down
In every colour
– Saumya Maharaj
A Spring Morning
A Springy morning
Flowers blooming from the ground
Birds chirping loudly.
– Teeyana Shaik-Mahomed
Year 5 Teacher
‘Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
Year 2’s made up poems,
All about shoes’
I recently read that poetry is an essential language tool for children. From a young age, children learn nursery rhymes, short poems and songs which most love to sing and perform actions along to.
“Poetry is essential for children because it is “the best words in the best order.” The rhythm and rhymes can help children develop a love for language—and a love of reading. Once kids begin flexing their writing muscles, poetry can spark their creativity and let their imaginations soar!”
J. Patrick Lewis
Last week, the Year 2s worked on creating their own poems about shoes. Children brought their favourite pair of shoes to class to speak about why that pair is their favourite. We reminded them about different adjectives – describing words that involve colour, size, and good or bad feelings. We were so impressed with what the children created!
Year 2 Teacher
Our Years 2’s had some fun this week, experimenting with poetry and building their own sentences using specific syllable counts.
How does teaching syllables benefit your child?
A syllable is known as a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds. Teaching word and sentence syllables may seem like a somewhat small technique in the learning process but studies show that developing a child’s phonological awareness is an incredibly important part of developing a student and particularly a reader. Research shows that there is quite a clear link between the weakness in a child’s phonological awareness and their reading skills. When it comes to learning how to read and write, segmenting and blending individual sounds can be difficult in the beginning, this is why we prefer to begin with segmenting and blending syllables.
Here are some effective methods you can try with your child as a part of any fun home activity:
- The clap method: Go through the names in your family (or pets) and clap out the syllables found in each name.
- The hum method: hum the word instead of saying the word. Count the number of hums.
- The talk-like-a-robot method: pretend you’re a robot and say the word in a robotic tone, with a pause between each word chunk.
- The jump method: Get active! For each syllable, jump on the spot.
Family Time Fun! Above all, syllable counting practise should be light, fun and playful!
Miss Siobhan Hendry
Year 2 Teacher
Tips Source: https://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/count-syllables/