Creating a poetry friendly school means developing an environment and an ethos where children have the opportunity to listen to, share, hear and see a range of poems in a range of circumstances. Exposing children to poetry regularly in formal and informal ways helps them to develop an appreciation of many kinds of writers and forms. Enjoying, reading and hearing public poetry regularly develops a shared culture and an
acceptance that poetry is important.
Children need opportunities to read poetry aloud, perform, dramatise, join in and hear poets perform their own work. If poetry is not given a voice, if it just stays on the page as a printed object, then it is not going to come alive for most children. The best way to help children to become comfortable with poetry is to make sure they hear poetry as often as possible from as wide a range of books and anthologies as possible and from as many different voices as possible. Poetry is rooted in word games, wordplay, song and rhythm, and it’s particularly important that it should be heard as well as read.
Each term Mrs Wilson puts together a presentation of poems that your child can learn. One is for early years and KS1 and the other is for KS2.
Have a look at them below...