There are a number of reasons why poetry is important for young students. It helps motivate young readers to want to read, it builds on their vocabulary, fluency and writing skills. These skills are crucial in the development of strong readers.
This past week, the students in Year 2 learnt about a poem written by Julia Donaldson, “The Food Train” poem, which brought a lot of fun and creativity in the class when the students were asked to write their own Food Train poems.
The poem uses words about food to make the rhythm of an old-fashioned train. The students therefore needed to create their own poem using different food names from their kitchen to recreate their own Food train poem which needed to sound like an old-fashioned train.
We used these poems for Show and Tell and included the students at home on a Zoom meeting. They read their poems out to the class. This brought a lot of laughter, excitement and some nerves as the students had not been able to stand in front of the class for Show and Tell in a while.
Teachers have always found that poetry allows for students to express their feelings, which is of great importance during this time of an emotionally changing situation. Keeping poetry alive in the classroom has proven once again just how creative and insightful students can be, and going forward, we will continue to develop and find creative means to spice up English, with the use of poetry.
Year 2 Teacher
This term, Year 3 have completed an English unit called Poems from around the world. In this unit, the students read and performed different poems from around the world. They investigated how poems are linked to places and explored the words and sounds in the poems. At the end of the unit, they needed to copy the style of a poem and write a poem of their own.
We decided to focus on Japanese poetry and the students wrote their very own Haiku’s. A Haiku is a Japanese poem with a total of just 17 syllables and three lines… but that’s not all. Line 1 must have 5 syllables, line 2 must have 7 syllables and line 3, 5 syllables again.
Year 3 took on the task with great zest and promptly chose an animal each to write about. Next they created a word bank which had to include noun phrases and adjectives. Once the creative juices started flowing, they set about arranging their word bank into a Haiku. The results were amazing!
Well done, Year 3! We’ll make poets of you yet!
Year 3 Teacher
This term, the Year 6’s started off their English unit with poetry.
At the beginning of each term, I ask the students to brainstorm what they notice and wonder about a topic. As we are still online teaching, I created a Padlet Poetry Wall for the year group. Their first instruction was to post what they knew about the topic, what they want to know and then lastly, wait for their peers to post their responses. They needed to comment on at least 3 of their peer’s posts and provide them with constructive feedback.
The Year 6’s took this Padlet Poetry Wonder Wall and made it their own. Before I knew it quotes, pictures and even some of the student’s own poems were posted on the wall. After week 1 was completed, I had the students reflect on their week of learning and post one thing they had learned and one thing they were still unsure of.
The creativity and uniqueness of the Year 6 students never fails to astound me, and I am very impressed by how quickly they adapt to a new online tool. As we progress with our Poetry Unit, we will keep using our Wonder Wall to showcase our learning journey.
Year 6 Teacher
The Year 4’s spent the past few weeks learning about a wonderful new topic in English: Poetry.
They looked at some examples of poems, answered some poetry comprehensions and discussed different poetic features such as alliteration, similes, onomatopoeia, descriptive words and rhyme. Last week they got the chance to apply their knowledge by writing their own poems. They wrote some marvelous acrostic poems about fireworks and also wrote some extremely creative poems about their favourite colour.
Take a look at some of our amazing poems – we hope you enjoy reading the poems as much as we enjoyed writing it!
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost
Year 4 Teacher
In a pond
You sit still and catch flies
With your tongue
Year 3 Teacher
What’s the best part of being a school age author, you ask! Why, the fun of writing, of course – but meeting other young authors is a blast too. The Young Authors’ Club started off the year by getting to know each other through name poems – read on if you’d like to know a bit more about us too!
Super girl power
Amazing at singing
Real deal girl/boy
Active all the time
Awesome at cooking
Kind to others
Hysterical with friends
Unhappy when others are rude
Loves to dance
Always hungry or thirsty
Great at swimming
Amazing at being a friend
Bright and always positive
Reading is one of my favourite things to do
Interested in new things
Loves puppies and dogs
Loves reading books
Always wants chocolate
May be the most kindest person
I can play piano
Awesomest girl ever
Hugs are my favourite
Never, ever, ever negative
Observe how beautiful she is
Amazing at singing
King of everything
Big and strong
Awesome at everything
Loves Boxers (They’re her favourite kind of dog!)
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/