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This is a great literacy activity for the first week back to school and a wonderful teamwork project to help your new class settle in! This is an updated version of our very popular transition pack.
This activity pack is designed for primary teachers getting to know their new classes and is based on an activity in which pupils create a new class poem using the letters in the name of their new class (or the name of their teacher).
The pack contains a Powerpoint lesson, teacher instructions and pupil resources - everything you need for this fun poetry lesson, including warm up/getting to know you games and a fun teamwork project based on making and performing a class poem.
The activity allows pupils to work together to make a class poem that spells out the name of their new class. The session is based around Edward Lear’s ‘Alphabet Poem’ and the activities include suggestions for adapting the lesson for KS1 or KS2.
This resource is structured in the following way:
1. Fun warm up activities and games including name games, a classroom hunt activity, a paper-chain race and 'Find Someone Who' bingo.
2. A poetry time activity following the lesson Powerpoint to help the class to become familiar with Edward Lear’s ‘Alphabet Poem’. There are different options to adapt this for different age groups.
3. A group activity in which pupils create their own stanzas for the alphabet poem, using the letters that spell out your class name or their new teacher's name.
4. A whole class performance of the new poem.
Please follow the steps below to access your files:
1. Return to this page.
2.Further down the page you’ll see the files included within the Resource listed under the header ‘Files Included’. You may need to click on the ‘See all Resources’ to view them all.
3. Use the download arrow icons found to the left of each of the file names for each separate file.
Thank you for your feedback. The pack is created to offer a transition activity for KS1 and lower KS2, so you are right that it would not be designed for all key stages and year groups. I am very pleased to hear that you found that it was good for its target audience of Y1-3.