This book offers a wealth of ideas and support for ways to bring poetry alive, drawing on what is known to work, and exploring exciting fresh ideas. It will help you to teach poetry with imagination and confidence, so that you can try new things whilst still meeting national curriculum requirements. An enjoyable and uplifting book, it is a must for anyone working with children aged 5 to 14 who is looking for inspiration for their poetry teaching.

Teaching Poetry in the Early Years

Teaching Poetry in the Early Years

Teaching poetry in the early years

Chapter Overview

In this chapter, Margaret Perkins begins by establishing the key features of poetry itself and of poetry in the early years of schooling. She then presents a case study of how poetry is taught and learnt in one Reception class (ages 4–5 years), in this way demonstrating what excellent practice might look like. Poetry for listening to, for performing, for word-play, for responding and for writing are all covered. The chapter ends with advice on ‘where do I start in teaching poetry?’

I recently visited a friend and spent some time playing with her 5-month-old son, Samuel. He sat on my knee as I bounced him up and down and sang ‘Humpty Dumpty’ to ...

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