Lots of class and individual poems created at Hollin Primary School


Two great days at Hollin Primary School this week. Thanks everyone. Nicely captured in the twittersphere:


A new poem on the Theme Remember for National Poetry Day

I’ve recorded a poem today and Karen has turned it into a video. Hope you like it. Please share and don’t forget National Poetry Day on Thursday 2nd October.

Don’t forget it’s National Poetry Day in UK on Thursday 2nd October

Remember National Poetry Day 2014

I’ve posted some other reminders and resources for National Poetry Day already, but here’s video that may inspire ideas and discussion.

Remember by Christina Rossetti


New video for KS1 Poetry classes – I like what I like I do

I’ve used this song for many years and find it works very well as a template for children to work on their own ideas, putting in the things that they like and looking for rhymes. As a special Christmas gift we’ve turned it into a video.

How to make a Poetry Friendly Classroom

Here’s a playlist on YouTube of short video clips from the Book Trust of Michael Rosen’s tips to create a poetry friendly class room.

New video ‘Zoot’ for National Poetry Day 4 October

In 2012, UK National Poetry Day is on Thursday 4 October.  The theme is STARS.  Be a star, read, write or buy some poetry.

New video ‘I’m a cat’

This is a new song, written to order. Cats are always a popular topic and this one seems to work well even with younger pre-school children.

Video of Traffic Jam

This is a poem that I do regularly as part of a school performance. It can go on a lot longer than this. Bet you end up humming it to yourself afterwards.

Video of Summer

Did some more recording at the weekend, and my good friend Karen has made another video for me. It’s a lot of fun making these and all with easily available equipment and software. Captures the warm weather, don’t you think?

Video of Explode by Bernard Young

Adding some new strings to the bow, new media to the repetoire, new audience opportunities. This poem/song is one that I often use to open up a day workshop. It works very well for audience participation and can go on for far longer than this version, which was recorded at home. Thanks to Karen for making it into a video and all of the people whose photos are on here for making them available under Creative Commons licence.

Link to Animoto version.