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Hello children. Welcome back!  I hope you’ve all had a good week, managed to get outside and enjoy some sunshine and are all well.smiley Here’s our learning for today.


Monday, 1st June 2020

LO: To prepare poems to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action


Today our focus is going to be on poetry – enjoying it! We’re going to be reading, watching and listening to the work of Joseph Coelho whose collection of poems “Werewolf Club Rules” won the CLPE poetry prize in 2015.


Activity 1: This will introduce you to Joseph Coelho and his work

Watch this clip to see Joe perform some of his poems and learn about how to use onomatopeia.


Watch this clip to find out how you could perform poems to an audience.

Activity 2 : Read a selection of poems yourself (The ones at the back are by Allan Ahlberg)

Find the book of poems inside the wallet of your GCP Book. I have attached them all for you above if you have mislaid them. Go somewhere relaxing to go to read the poems – inside or outside. You can find a lot of the poems on YouTube if you get stuck on any of the words or want to see Joe performing them.

Which is your favourite? I have two – If all the world were paper (I think it’s really clever) and Last day of School (because I look forward to seeing how you all come back!)


Activity 3: Watch and read our focus poem

We are going to work on “Onomatopoeia”. It’s on the 3rd page in your poetry book. Watch Joe perform it first on

Onomatopoeia by Joseph Coelho

Activity 4: Put on a Show!

Now... it’s your turn! You are going to learn the poem off by heart and perform it. You could do a poetry show for your family or perform it to grandparents on “Facetime”. They will love it!



Make the poem your own.

Alter the volume of your voice.

Use expression.

Use hand gestures.

Face the audience all the time.

Enjoy yourself and then the audience will enjoy it too!


And to finish...

We couldn’t learn about performance poetry without watching ... CHOCOLATE CAKE! Here’s our favourite, Michael Rosen, performing it.

Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen


Remember to keep practising your spellings. It’s test day tomorrow!

Here are the spellings in case you have forgotten them:

Rosen, Rowling and Dahl:

accidentally, although, bicycle, occasionally, peculiar, possession, special, surprise, thought

Walliams Group: air, trees, tea, eyes, fell, friends Bonus words: special, surprise, thought

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Enjoy your afternoon children! smiley