Today is the day of our annual poetry recital event and I am grateful for those parents, friends and family members who have joined us to enjoy some entertaining poems today. So few of us engage with poetry in our daily lives it is hard to imagine that through-out history, poetry and poets have been a significant part of our literary heritage. Poetry is meant to be read aloud and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Humorous poems, limericks and nonsense verse for example, are both appealing as well as educational. In my decades of teaching, I have always enjoyed teaching poetry. Children can often find poems less scary than longer texts. When exploring poems children can engage with increasing complex vocabulary choices and literary devices such a metaphor, similes and personification. Children can get a sense of achievement in creating their own poems based on simple templates and enjoy playing around with rhyme to make funny phrases and create silly descriptions. One way you can look at poetry with your child is to explore song lyrics. Singer-songwriters like Adele, Ed Sheeran and even Kanye West, are our modern day poets. Perhaps you can look at some suitable song lyrics with your child or share a nursery rhyme or tongue twister together? If you have some time why don't you have a go at writing a simple poem with your child? I would love a copy of any original poems from our clever pupils.
In the meantime here is my offering:
There once was a Cumbrian cat,
Who pranced around all day in a hat,
And once for a laugh,
He put on a scarf,
That surprising dressed Cumbrian cat.