MAKING THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING - A Christmas Poem and game by Josie Whitehead

MAKING THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING - A Christmas Poem and game by Josie Whitehead

KS1 AND KS2 - Poetry for Christmas LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1 The students will learn the ingredients necessary for a Christmas pudding and they can actually make the pudding step by step in the class whilst the poem is read aloud. It need only be put in the school microwave for cooking and they can enjoy eating it together. 2 There is a rhyming game within the poem and the children can learn about rhyme, and that not all words that look alike sound alike. They can choose the correct rhyming words from the picture attached. 3 The poem is written in anapaestic heptameter, ie 7 anapaestic feet/beats over two lines, with the rhyming abab. (see attached sheet). 4 The children can talk about Christmas traditions to follow up this poem because perhaps not all children will eat the same things for their main Christmas meal. I know I am the only children's poet who has written a poem that leads to a tasty pudding for Christmas Day, and perhaps, if you print off copies of this poem, the children can try it again at home with their parents. All children like to contribute something for the Christmas occasion - and what fun to do some simple cooking. I am a well published children's poet whose work goes into schools worldwide. I hope you enjoy my fun poem. Josie
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Who Stole Those Golden Rays of Sun?

Who Stole Those Golden Rays of Sun?

Poem for Preschool/KS1Children by Josie Whitehead 1 PDF of poem: Who Stole Those Golden Rays of Sun? By Josie Whitehead 2 Who Stole Those Golden Rays of Sun by Josie Whitehead - Word document with picture to colour and permission to print this poem only for your class use. 3 Voice recording of above poem by author, Josie Whitehead
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Freedom - A Poem for National Poetry Day 2017 - By Josie Whitehead

Freedom - A Poem for National Poetry Day 2017 - By Josie Whitehead

1 - Voice recording of poem by author, Josie Whitehead 2 - PDF for your classroom screen of this poem. 3 - Word document with permission by author, Josie Whitehead, to print off for class use only. This particular poem is suitable for KS2 (stretching vocabulary); KS3 and KS4 I'm now taking bookings for skype class visits for both National Poetry Day and for the rest of the term. If you're interested in these short visits, please contact me.
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PEAS PLEASE - A Funny Performance Poem for KS1 AND KS2 Children - written in DACTYLIC METRE

PEAS PLEASE - A Funny Performance Poem for KS1 AND KS2 Children - written in DACTYLIC METRE

1 Sound file: Voice recording by author, Josie Whitehead 2 PDF to project onto your classroom screen. 3 Word document with permission to print. 4 Worksheet which helps to perform poetry really well, and also explains what Dactyls are, with the chance for them to write some sentences. Why not get them to look at people's names in the class. They are often dactylic: eg JER e my; AN ge la; (my own: JO se phine) - JENN i fer; PAM e la; JESS i ca; OL i ver; PERFORMANCE POEM: Do get your children to perform this poem. There are many speaking parts. It is very important that children should listen to poems and by Googling JOSIE'S POEMS they can regularly hear me reading many of the poems that I've written. I made the recordings at the request of children at my local primary school who wanted to hear the poems over and over again at home. Put a sheet up on the wall where they can add any dactylic words they can find - perhaps other than names: EL e phant; AM bu lance; TERR i er; TEL e phone; CEN ti pede; DAN ger ous; BLUS ter y; CIN e ma; THE a tre; etc This is a good exercise and helps children to realize that we have little accentuations within our words that make the rhythms in poetry - and helps to promote phonemic awareness, ie the ability to break down words into sounds.
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Autumn Leaves by Josie Whitehead - An Autumn Poem for KS1 and 2 -English, art, drama & science

Autumn Leaves by Josie Whitehead - An Autumn Poem for KS1 and 2 -English, art, drama & science

AUTUMN LEAVES - A poem for children by Josie Whitehead - (Explains why trees have leaves and why they shed them in autumn). Written in iambic heptameter (ie 7 iambic feet over 2 lines). This is a good poem to illustrate the use of personification in poetry. Ask the children to spot its use throughout the poem. POETRY - KS1 and KS2 POETRY: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 In Year 1: Pupils should be taught to: develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by: • listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently; • recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry; • continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear. In Year 2: Pupils should be taught to: develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by: * listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently; * recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry; * continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear. Poetry links well to drama, and children should learn, if not the whole, but certainly whole verses of this poem and should perform it well, pronouncing the words clearly and with expression and learning to throw their voices across the classroom so that people in the farthest corner can hear well. This is a poem which could be a centrepiece of a wall display board, with the children bringing in different leaves to surround the poem, and perhaps doing pictures to accompany it. This poem links to science. Let children discover why trees grow leaves, the purpose they serve and why they fall. Although this poem explains this quite simply, perhaps there is more they can learn, eg, what benefits the earth gets from leaves which fall (ie fertilizer). There are many more autumn poems on my website. I'm off to clear up leaves in my garden now!
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THE BEST PUNISHMENT FOR BOYS - Funny Poem for KS2 By JosieWhitehead

THE BEST PUNISHMENT FOR BOYS - Funny Poem for KS2 By JosieWhitehead

1 - Voice Recording by children's poet, Josie Whitehead 2 - Word Document of this poem. 3 - PDF of this poem KS2 - Term 2 - Funny poems This poem is written in anapaestic HEPtameter, ie diddy dum 7 times, over 2 lines with rhyming abab. With the different speaking parts and narrators, this is a wonderful PERFORMANCE POEM, and why not get the witches to dress with witches hats and sit at a table, coffee cups etc - and get the boys to pass by, one hurling abuse. You can't turn one into a fly, but you can pretend one is on the wall. The children will love the fun, but get them to LEARN BY HEART their poem, not read it, and to put expression into their voices, and body language, of course. Get the children to copy the rhythm in sentences of their own, ie Two horses decided they'd both like to race Four children decided to go to the sea A monkey decided to climb in his cage etc Note that anapaestic meter is diddy dum, but I deliberately started the poem on a single light beat (which is quite normal), eg: AUTumn is WEARing her BRIGHT golden CROWN. BRIan is LEARNing to PLAY the guiTAR,
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The Laugh-A-Lot Tree - (A story poem for KS1 and KS2 children) by JosieWhitehead

The Laugh-A-Lot Tree - (A story poem for KS1 and KS2 children) by JosieWhitehead

1 - The Laugh-A-Lot Tree by Josie Whitehead - Voice recording by author 2 - PDF - For your classroom screen. 3 - Word Document in case you wish to print the poem off. LISTENING AND SPEAKING 1 - It is so important that well before children read poetry, they just sit back and enjoy listening to the poem, especially if it is read by the author. This is not only relaxing and a good way to break up a working day for children, but listening to the rhythm/metre of the words is excellent, and a good way of developing phonological awareness in children. Let them clap to the metre and understand how metre is made. It is made from the small stresses within words. Write some of the words on the board and ask the children to point out where the stresses are in different words. 2 - These poems can be listened to by children at home also, for relaxation, and I added voice recordings to my poems at the request of children (more specifically, 4 boys) at my local primary school who had 4 excellent reasons for wishing the spoken word. (See my profile for website details for children). 3 - This poem is written in anapaestic heptameter, ie diddy dum diddy dum (7 anapaestic feet) over 2 lines and usually with four on the first line and three on the second with abab rhyming. You indent for the rhyming lines (3 spaces from margin). In song, many words can be stretched to fit into similar rhythms, but in poetry, without music, this can't happen. Therefore, often a small beat (foot) is added within the line, or the verses can sometimes start on a heavy beat or with just a single light beat before them, and this is for emphasis usually. I have done this with this poem. I could have started: On a BRIGHT summer's MORNing etc - but I deliberately chose this way of coming into this poem. 4 - I would suggest that only after the children have absorbed the spoken word that you let them see the poem and look for words which sound alike but have different spellings. 5 - More important than this, is that the children learn some of the verses and in groups perform the poem well, putting expression into their voices and throwing their voices clearly across the class, without looking down at a piece of paper and mumbling. Listening to the poem and joining the author's voice will help them a lot. 6 ART: The children might like to do a picture of a Laugh-A-Lot tree for the classroom wall.
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IN THE WASH by Josie Whitehead (Poem using Figurative language)

IN THE WASH by Josie Whitehead (Poem using Figurative language)

1 Poem by Josie Whitehead 2 Voice recording by Josie Whitehead 3 Worksheet: Explanation of figurative language and metaphors and similes. Vocabulary extension. The use of imagery in poetry using the five senses and relating this to this poem. 4 Fun joining in with the poem. 5 Metre Matters: Explaining that this poem is written in ANAPAESTIC METRE - and how you recognize this. 6 Explaining that this poem is written as TETRAMETER: ie four beats (feet) on each line with rhyming aabb. 7 Explaining what HEPTAMETER is. 8 Recognizing that metre/rhythm is made from the stresses within words, and an exercise to spot stresses within different words as well as being able to write and recognize them in your own words. 9 WRITING IN ANAPAESTIC TETRAMETER. I write several sentences using this metre and class are invited to try writing them themselves. PERFORMANCE POETRY: This poem is an EXCELLENT performance poem in every way and perfect for children to learn and perform in the classroom, learning how to pronounce words clearly, throw their voices without shouting and putting lots of expression into their performance. Reading along with my voice recording, and copying me, should help a great deal. LISTENING and SPEAKING are so important when it comes to poetry, as are practising daily writing some sentences in metre. It isn't difficult at all.
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IT'S ONOMATOPOEIA MY DEAR - Poem by Josie Whitehead - Figurative language poem

IT'S ONOMATOPOEIA MY DEAR - Poem by Josie Whitehead - Figurative language poem

1 - PDF for your classroom screen 2 - Voice Recording by poet, Josie Whitehead 3 - Word document with permission to print off. Figurative Language: Onomatopoeia - The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound made by an object or an action. Example: snap crackle pop ... Get children to think of sounds made. Get them to write down the name of the thing which makes the sound and then the name we give to the sound, eg: kettle boiling: - hiss; telephone -ringing; - dog - bark; cat - meow etc etc. Then they could be given some small cards where they write the name of the object on one side and the name of the sound on the other. Share with others on the same table. They can call out the name of the object and the others think of the name-sound. Or: they could have some small cards and write name-sounds on them and put on classroom wall board, building them up during the week as they hear the sounds. If you like my poems and use them often in your classroom, you might consider contacting me to do some useful lesson plans to go with them which can be sold via TES. Also Google JOSIE'S POEMS for lots of other poems for your class. My email is on my welcome page under photo.
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BEVEN THE GRUMBLE BEE:  By Josie Whitehead - KS1 Poetry -

BEVEN THE GRUMBLE BEE: By Josie Whitehead - KS1 Poetry -

1 - Voice recording of poem by children's poet Josie Whitehead 2 - Booklet with rhyming game in it for children both as PDF and word document. 3 - Teaching the younger children a little bit about metre in poetry, clapping to the poem and writing some simple iambic words and sentences. 4 PERFORMANCE: This is a wonderful performance poem. Get children to learn a verse each by heart and perform it, throwing their voices clearly, looking forward and not down, putting some expression into the voice etc. The voice recording will help children to speak well, and on my website they can find the poem with my mini-beast poems and can listen to it and read it again at home with parents. it.
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A Foggy Day by Josie Whitehead (Figurative Language/Personification)

A Foggy Day by Josie Whitehead (Figurative Language/Personification)

1 - Voice recording by poet, Josie Whitehead 2 - PDF for use on your classroom screen 3 - Word document of poem with permission to print off for use in class 4 - Exercises based on this poem for your class This poem, written in iambic heptameter, is a perfect poem for children to learn by heart for a poetry performance in your classroom. The children will also benefit from simply listening to the poems by myself, the author, and they can access the poems again at home both to read and to listen to via my website. Tell them: Google JOSIE'S POEMS (Weather/Seasons poems in index). There are hundreds of poems for them to enjoy at home as well as at school. Make poetry fun for them - not just another exercise at school. This way, their enjoyment will grow and extend as something to be enjoyed life-long.
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BENJAMIN BEAR - A Narrative Poem for KS1 and KS2 children - by Josie Whitehead

BENJAMIN BEAR - A Narrative Poem for KS1 and KS2 children - by Josie Whitehead

1 Voice recording by author Josie Whitehead 2 PDF by author Josie Whitehead 3 Worksheet for children guessing rhyming words and linking together words that rhyme but may not be spelt in a similar way. 4 Word document of poem for children to check their answers. ARTWORK: Children could draw and colour a picture of Benjamin Bear. ENGLISH: Can the children think where Benjamin Bear could be, and have they lost any toy recently and had to hunt for it? This is a good speaking exercise in the class. LISTENING AND SPEAKING PRACTICE The children should listen to the voice recording of the poem at least twice. Try reading the poem to the children and stopping at the rhyming word. READING: Allow the children to read the poem from the PDF and choose which words for ending of lines. This can be done aloud in class. ENGLISH: Let the children have the printed word document and replace the faulty line endings with the correct ones from below. RHYMING: Which words below may rhyme but not be spelt the same. Link up words that rhyme with each other. METRE: An opportunity for children to learn a little about anapaestic metre and to clap to the metre in the poem to show that they've understood it. For emphasis, it is possible to start a line with just one single light beat to emphasize something. In this case it is to emphasize the fact that the child is worried about her bear. Otherwise, anapaestic metre is as it sounds: an a PEST, ie diddy DUM diddy DUM - four times across the line in this poem, ie tetrameter. POETRY PERFORMANCE: This is a wonderful poem for children to learn by heart and perform well. Perhaps they could learn by heart one verse each and perform from front of class. They need to throw their voices clearly across a crowded room, pronouncing words well so that they can be heard clearly, putting expression into their voices and perhaps body language. This is so important to children of every language and a skill that is important for life and the first foot on the drama ladder. I'm often invited to skype into classrooms to see performances and often to judge finalists. See my profile.
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My Alien Neighbours -A story- poem by Josie Whitehead

My Alien Neighbours -A story- poem by Josie Whitehead

Story-poem for KS1 and KS2, Follow up discussion and learning about homophones, ie words that sound alike (vowels) but have different spellings. There is a rhyming game to follow, ie linking words that sound alike but have different spellings. 1 Pdf of poem for your classroom screen. 2 Voice recording by author, Josie Whitehead for your children just to listen to first of all for fun. 3 Word document of this poem with follow up quiz with permission from Josie Whitehead (copyright holder) for you to print off for use only in your classroom. Like many of my poems, this poem is a fantastic performance poem whereby children can learn verses by heart and perform it well in front of the class (without looking at paper), and putting expression into their voices and using body language. If you do a really good performance and film it, I would gladly link to your filmed performance for the benefit of other children/teachers.
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Shhh - What Can You Hear? - poem by Josie Whitehead (ONOMATOPOEIA and SENSES POEM) - KS1 & 2

Shhh - What Can You Hear? - poem by Josie Whitehead (ONOMATOPOEIA and SENSES POEM) - KS1 & 2

1 - Voice Recording by Josie Whitehead, author. This is a fun poem with lots of sounds in it for children to copy. Get them to follow the poem and join in with the sounds. It makes for a wonderful performance poem to learn and perform (without words). 2 - PDF of poem for your classroom screen. 3 - Word document for you to print off. 4 - Metre simply explained. The very long word of onomatopoeia will be so simple when the children hear the animal sounds etc in this poem, and it will just be a fun word for them to learn. The poem is in iambic heptameter, ie 7 iambic feet over 2 lines. PERFORMANCE POEM: This is a fantastic poem for the children to learn as a performance poem and a good follow up poem to my last poem: "Prick Up Your Ears." SKYPE VISIT: Poets, and especially this poet, love the skype visits I make to children's classrooms, and the children enjoy performing my poems for my visit and preparing their questions. With all the different animals etc in this poem, it would be fun if the children made animal masks for their performances. Do tell them of my website as there must be well over 1,350 poems now for them both to listen to and to read on their computers at home, and this is a child-safe website where I don't even have advertisements. I made it especially for the children at the request of the children at my local school who encouraged me to write for them weekly. This is a brand new poem that I've written this evening and I'd love some feedback.
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KS1 - PATTERN AND RHYME - POEM:  THE LITTLE BUTTERFLY by Josie Whitehead

KS1 - PATTERN AND RHYME - POEM: THE LITTLE BUTTERFLY by Josie Whitehead

1 PDF - Printed poem, split into smaller pages for projecting onto board. 2 MP3 voice recording by children's poet Josie Whitehead. 1 - Listen to poem being read and 2 -join in adding rhyming words and 3 - join in adding actions. 3 THE LITTLE BUTTERFLY - has now had music written for it by Martin Torbert, New Jersey, USA. Your children will, I am sure, enjoy singing this poem, and they can see how poetry, written in a rhythmic way, links well to music. If they dance to the music and do actions, they will see that poetry links to drama and also to dance. Let them learn this poem by heart and perform it well. This is so important for children. 4 Word document to print off for the children. I wrote my poems for children in my local primary school who asked me to make a website and put the poems onto it so that they could both listen and read the poems at home. PLEASE tell your children to write on the corner of their books: Google JOSIE'S POEMS because the FIVE websites I now have made are for them to enjoy listening and reading my poems at home with their parents and siblings too. This is so important for children and not everything they do has to be done in the classroom. This is a child-safe website that I've made with no advertising on it at all, and it is completely a free present from me. Art: Get the children to do a picture of a butterfly - or perhaps one on a flower. This simple poem, written in simple iambic heptameter, will give them an ideal resource to follow in their own writing, eg There was a little butterfly There was a little bumble bee There was a yellow daffodil There was a great big elephant There was a hungry crocodile Get the children to clap to these sentences and learn that a syllable is a sound and there are 4 in these lines. This is the start of understanding metre. Rhyming: What word rhymes with flower? Shower. What word rhymes with wings? Things. Explain rhyming.
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LIMERICKS  - Poems and information about limericks by Josie Whitehead

LIMERICKS - Poems and information about limericks by Josie Whitehead

1 This is a worksheet which explains to children exactly what the rhythm is for writing limericks and this is followed by many fun limericks by Josie Whitehead. 2 This is a voice recording of many new limericks for children written by Josie Whitehead. 3 Worksheet PDF which will be ideal for displaying onto your classroom board. These new limericks would make wonderful performance poems for your class and are lots of fun.
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POEM FOR EASTER:  A Special Easter Egg - a story poem by Josie Whitehead

POEM FOR EASTER: A Special Easter Egg - a story poem by Josie Whitehead

1 -MP3 - Voice Recording by author of poem, Josie Whitehead. 2 - Easter card for you to print off on both sides of A4 white card. The children can colour in the picture of the egg on the cover and send it/give it to family or friends. 3 - PDF with rhyming game for classroom screen. This poem is written in iambic heptameter, ie di DUM di DUM di DUM 7 times. It can have the seven iambic feet on one long line, with rhyming aabb or, with so much in one line, it can be broken into two lines with rhyming abab (and this is normal for this metre). Poetry written with good metre and rhyme makes for wonderful performance poetry for your class. This story poem would be great for them to perform. Get the children to write some iambic sentences, ie I'd LIKE a CHOColate EASter EGG; I HOPE my PARents BUY me ONE. etc You could ask the children to complete the story. What do they think might happen to the egg once it leaves the house? There are lots more Easter poems on my website also.
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