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‘This book is written in a straightforward, unfussy style directly addressed to the busy classroom. The activities have obviously been tried successfully in real lessons, and the involvement and enjoyment of the children as a result is quite clear.’-Geoff DeanSchool Improvement Advisor Milton Keynes Local Education Authority Packed with ideas and activities, this book is a lively, practical guide to encouraging young children to develop their verbal reasoning skills and communicate more effectively.Activities include:- setting up a talk corner- using story bags and story boxes- using Circle Time and playing games to encourage talkThere is advice on linking the activities to the various curriculum subjects and a selection of photocopiable material is included. All the suggestions and ideas in the book have been tried and tested by the author in her own classroom. The focus is on children aged 5 to 8, but the activities can be adapted to suit younger and older children.Class teachers, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCOs), Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) and Teaching Assistants will find this book supportive, clear and rooted in good practice. Elizabeth Sharp has been a Literacy Co-ordinator and Leading Literacy Teacher (demonstrating lessons for other teachers in her area. She is now a literacy Consultant and freelance illustrator.

Activities Around Songs, Poetry and Rhymes
Activities around songs, poetry and rhymes

This chapter includes:

  • Activities using songs and nursery rhymes
  • Poetry, including alliteration, syllables and rhyme
  • A reminder of some of the old favourite action songs and rhymes.

Before trying these activities, here is an interesting exercise to start with.

Make a list of all the nursery rhymes you can remember from your own childhood. I did this recently and came up with 58 in ten minutes.

After you have done that, have a thinking session with your class and see how many they can think of collectively. My class of 29 Year 1s thought of 17, which falls quite a bit short of my score.

I did this because I thought it might give an indication of how ...

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