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I'm a retired teacher and a prolific children's poet who writes for every age group. An educational publisher market-researched my poems in classrooms in many schools right across West Yorkshire 4 years ago when I'd written 400 poems. 344 were chosen for publication by the teachers and children. I also make Skype visits and nowadays I make short 45 minute visits to classrooms all over the world and it is a delight to know that children like my work.

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I'm a retired teacher and a prolific children's poet who writes for every age group. An educational publisher market-researched my poems in classrooms in many schools right across West Yorkshire 4 years ago when I'd written 400 poems. 344 were chosen for publication by the teachers and children. I also make Skype visits and nowadays I make short 45 minute visits to classrooms all over the world and it is a delight to know that children like my work.
EASTER-TIME by Josie Whitehead - A poem with personification and written in tetrameter - KS2 and KS3
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EASTER-TIME by Josie Whitehead - A poem with personification and written in tetrameter - KS2 and KS3

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1 - Voice Recording of poem by author Josie Whitehead 2 - PDF of poem for your screen 3 - Word document with permission to print off my poem 4 - Explanation and further examples of personification in poetry and explanation of iambic tetrameter with examples and the opportunity for children to try writing it, following simple examples. DRAMA: This is a wonderful poem for performance with its good steady iambic beat. It is an opportunity for children to learn to throw their voices clearly across the classroom, putting expression into their voices to make their recitals interesting. ART: Why not put this poem as a centre-piece on your classroom wall-board and ask children to take photographs over Easter to illustrate the poem? They will see lots of signs of spring arriving I hope. LISTENING AND SPEAKING: Listen to the voice recording several times and let the children join in. WRITING: There is the opportunity for children to give examples of personification in other poems. If they go to my website to the "Weather and Seasons" Index, they'll find lots of examples in the poems and can also find the poems I've already mentioned on the worksheet. Let the children try writing some simple iambic sentences, recognizing that the heavy beats come from the way we have small stresses in our words in the English language, which makes our language beautifully musical.
Not Done Your Homework?  A funny poem by Josie Whitehead for KS1, KS2 and KS3 Children
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Not Done Your Homework? A funny poem by Josie Whitehead for KS1, KS2 and KS3 Children

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1 - Voice Recording by author, Josie Whitehead 2 - PDF for your classroom screen 3 - Word Document with permission from author to print off for class use. POETRY PERFORMANCE This is a wonderful poem for children to perform, with lots of speaking parts for the children. Written in iambic heptameter, with words that dance across the page, and excellent rhyming, it is a poem that will be easy for children to learn. It is also a funny poem which I know that children love. LISTENING AND SPEAKING The voice recording, which I've made, is fun for children to listen to, even if it is just to break up hard study that has been done during the course of the day. I do so believe that children love to listen to a poem for fun, and as a break during their day, that, at the request of the children for whom I wrote my poems, I've added many voice recordings so that children can go themselves to my perfectly safe website and just listen and enjoy hearing the poems they like over and over again. This is a wonderful poem for performance with many speaking parts. ART Oh do get your children to do some funny pictures to go with this poem, and any particularly good ones you can always send to me to put with the poem on my website. I do hope your children enjoy my work, and teachers, you also of course.
THE TASTE-TAKER - Senses Poem for KS1 and KS2 :  Vocab re taste; Iambic Heptameter; Alliteration etc
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THE TASTE-TAKER - Senses Poem for KS1 and KS2 : Vocab re taste; Iambic Heptameter; Alliteration etc

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1 - Sound file: Recording by author Josie Whitehead 2 - PDF of The Taste-Taker by Josie Whitehead 3- Word document of this poem with permission from me (author) to print for your class. 4 - Worksheet for your children - permission to print off. DRAMA: This is an excellent poem for performance. ART: Why not put this poem as a centre-piece on your wall. Also get the children to do a picture like the one on the PDF with the tastes mentioned going into her bag? Put it on the wall with pictures of things mentioned around it. ENGLISH: This poem relates to one of the five senses, ie the sense of taste - a subject dear to the hearts of children for certain. It also teaches them how they might relish fruit, vegetables etc if the other items tasted horrible, ie a healthy option. VOCABULARY: I've used many words for "take" in my poem. The children will understand that a good writer uses a wide range of vocabulary. I've also used many words to represent the various tastes of foods, and words that mean "without taste" or "tasting bad" etc. SPEAKING AND LISTENING: I would strongly recommend that before they listen to the poem, they say which foods they love and what would they be like without taste? Listening: Listen to the poem many times. I've tried to put expression into it. Let the children take parts in the poem for a performance, learning and reciting the poem well. There are many places for various voices to be used in an expressive way. I've done my best to do this as an example. IAMBIC HEPTAMETER: An explanation of what this is and how it is used in this poem, with an opportunity to try writing some after several of my examples. ALLITERATION AND ASSONANCE: I've explained how a writer, and especially a poet, would use these in headings for poems, with several examples. Get the children to try writing some simple ones themselves or to bring into the class examples. There are many on my website in the lists of poems. NAMES FOR TASTES: I've given a list of taste-names, or textures for foods and the children can supply the name of a food that they think of which relates to this. I hope they enjoy my poem and that you will find it useful. It is a brand new poem and you are the first to see it. Do let me know if it is useful. Josie Whitehead If any teacher would like to make lesson plans to go with my poems, please do approach me. You can reach my website and email via my profile on TES. Thank you.