WELCOME PAGE - (Click on headings).
INTRODUCTION - Don't just read my poems. Come and meet me.
GUESTBOOK - Please say hello to me and other readers.
PHOTO GALLERY: I am lucky to live in a really lovely part of Britain. Do go and see photographs of Ilkley and area. Why not come and experience the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and Coast yourself?
THE FUN OF SKYPE VISITS TO YOUR SCHOOL OR CLASSROOM - article
IMPORTANT ARTICLE: TOUCH TYPING IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF YOU but .
WRITE A POEM YOURSELF. Here is where you can get some help with writing a poem. If you've never tried writing a poem before, please give it a go. You may become addicted as I have. There's also a lot of help on other pages, including the children's corner.
Visit my Poetry Corner where you can go on to WHO WANTS TO BE A POET? Here I give a lot of help and advice for you and your children with understanding metre and how it can bring your poems to life, with exercises for you and the children to do.
TEACHING CHILDREN TO WRITE A POEM - Start with iambic feet
TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT ANAPAESTS AND DACTYLS
TEACHING READING USING POETRY
RHYMING-LITERACY-PHONEMICS - The Big Link
A REASON FOR RHYME Usha Goswami, lecturer in experimental psychology at Cambridge University, has recently done research which has revolutionized the teaching of reading.
READING BETWEEN THE RHYMES - There is disturbing evidence from the Office for Standards in Education surveys that poetry has been one of the biggest casualties of the over-crowded national curriculum for primary schools.
DEVELOPING SPEAKING, LISTENING AND PHONIC SKILLS
TEACHING POETRY: Ideas to enliven your poetry classes
THE IMPORTANCE OF POETRY FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN
YEAR 1 TERM 1 - USING THE SENSES
YEAR 1 TERM 2 POETRY - Pattern and Rhyme
YEAR 1 Narrative Unit 2 - Poems/Stories with Predictable and Patterned Language
YEAR 2 TERM 1 - PATTERNS ON A PAGE
YEAR 2 TERM 2 POETRY - Really Looking
YEAR 4 TERM 2 POETRY - Exploring Form in Poetry
YEAR 5 Term 3 - Choral and Performance Poems
KEY STAGES 1 and 2 - POETRY : A very useful article for both parents and teachers who have children at either of these stages.
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE, PERSONIFICATION etc
LITERACY: How metre and rhyming can help with literacy for both English speaking children and ESL students
PERFORMANCE POETRY: Poems should never be words that sit on the pages of a book. You need to hear them read aloud and you need to read them yourself and get children to read and perform them. Many of my poems are designed for just this.
PARODY - Teaching children the fun of parodying a poem
CHILDREN'S POETRY CORNER - and not just for children. How good are you with metre or rhyming? Come and try for yourself,
SKYPE/VIDEO-CONFERENCING - VISITS TO YOUR CLASSROOM - It's happening all over the world now. BOOK A SKYPE VISIT
The Writing of Poetry Is Special to Me - Josie Whitehead
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