Fun Poetry

Poetry is fun and any child can master it.

Which is good news, given that poetry has been given a much greater emphasis in the National Curriculum over the last few years.

I offer several different poetry workshops – all fun and all aimed at inspiring children and boosting their confidence.

Sometimes schools ask me to help each child write their own individual poem. Other times the children work in pairs to produce a poem. One of my most popular workshops is where we create a brand new poem as a class, before adding actions to it and performing it. Not only does this link with the Curriculum requirement for children to recite poems, it is also great fun and gives the children a real sense of ownership of the poem as they have helped to create it. I also run workshops on performance poetry where I will provide small groups with one of my poems, before giving hints and tips on how to turn what is on the page into a performance.

I am happy to bring my own poetry workshops or to link with current classroom topics.

My poetry workshops are appropriate for all Primary school aged children.

What makes me different?

    • Fun and engaging
    • Over 10 years’ experience
    • DBS certified
    • Nursery – Year 6
    • Poet, Storyteller and Writer
    • Teacher trainer
    • Visited over 200 schools

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone 😀

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My first ever i-movie!

One of my poems called ‘I Like Reading’

My girls helped a lot with the technical aspects.

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Last Thursday I met a lad called Barry - an unusual name for a primary school pupil these days.

He was great, and all the staff spoke really highly of him. I wrote this poem with Barry in mind. I then discovered that in a couple of weeks it’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so it seems appropriate to post this now.

Enjoy!! The poem is called (rather imaginatively, I thought) ... Barry!
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Look at this! How wonderful. As you might have seen, I've been collecting #booksforJacob - a young man in one of my Patron of Reading schools who loves reading more than anything else. Only, he's read every book in school. So I asked if anyone could help out. And it's begun! An author friend is sending him a signed copy of her latest book, several others on Twitter / Facebook have been sending them to his school addressed to him, and then yesterday MANDY BROOMHEAD, bless her cotton socks, hand delivered a parcel. Jacob's mum found me on Twitter today to thank me. It's so lovely when you get to see the impact you have, and this, Mandy, is the impact you've had.

Anyone else who would like to donate, please let me know. And, if you're worried that Jacob will have read everything already, a small cash donation could be a good alternative - I had this idea that we could send him off to a bookshop to find new books that he'd never read!

Thanks again.

It's good to have a story that makes you smile once in a while.

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