Notes and guidance (non-statutory) - See this link . . .
Pupils should be taught to . . .
develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently;
being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences;
becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics recognising and joining in with predictable phrases;
learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart;
discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known.
How can I help you?
Please do take your children, on a daily basis if possible, to my "listening page" to hear a poem and perhaps discuss it. If you also tell children that by Googling JOSIE'S POEMS (and perhaps they could write this in their books to help them remember), they can access the same poem to listen to at home, because I made this website for the children at my local primary school primarily.
When they have listened to the poem several times, understand it and have talked about it, then take them to the written poem. They will know the words well and this should help them to read it.
In particular ask them to write down the rhyming words and see which ones have a different spelling for the same sound.
Get your children to learn at least some of the poem off by heart and recite it. Teach them how to enunciate the words well, to throw their voices without shouting, and how to put expression into their performance - and this isn't just expression in the voice, but in the face and perhaps with body movements etc.
I'm often asked to make skype visits to schools where children perform my poems to me, and sometimes I judge the runners-up in a competition, or simply encourage the children and perhaps give them a tip. Children really enjoy meeting the poet who wrote the poem. They have their questions ready and I have mine. I tell them stories relating to the poems, or stories about funny things which have happened via visits to schools, or things which relate to their questions. A skype visit lasts usually about 40 minutes (preceded by an initial visit with teacher to discuss meeting). It isn't expensive and for this reason I often visit schools several times.
I bring new poems with me to read to them, have rhyming games, tell them a little about the metre and encourage them to write a little etc. In fact I'm happy to fall in with whatever will help the teacher and the children.
Children are keen to tell me about their favourite poems and why they like them, or to ask me questions regarding my writing. Often it is questions such as: "Why did you start writing for children?" or "Which of your poems do you like best of all?" or "Where do you like to write?" etc etc
Do write to me with any suggestions that you feel would make my visits to your schools really useful. To book a skype visit, click on this link: Skype Visits