Teaching Poetry in the Primary Classroom

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When asked by the school principle what he thought of poetry, an eleven year old replied, it s all la-di-da and daffodils, isn't it? Why? Because in his primary school the boy had come across very little poetry apart from nursery rhymes, snatches of rhyming verse and a few comic pieces and nonsense poems. Poetry to him was something arcane, not really related to his own life. He had studied no powerful, challenging, contemplative, arresting, quirky poems and had written very few poems himself. His teacher admitted that he was no English specialist, had received few ideas at college on the teaching of poetry and didn't really know where to start.
As children progress through the primary school they need to be exposed to a rich diet of poetry and encouraged to read, perform and write it themselves. Providing a varied and stimulating environment is essential if is to flourish. In addition, children need specific guidance and ideas to start them off writing their own poems. This book, written by a former teacher and educational advisor, as well as being a popular and widely published children's poet, offers an accessible, practical and structured program for the teaching of this sometimes neglected aspect of the English curriculum.

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Gervase Phinn has taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser and school inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, a consultant for the Open University. He is President of The School Library Association.

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With this book Gervase Phinn exuberantly, vividly and with great practicality reveals his philosophy of work and pleasure going hand in hand. He emphasizes enthusiasm with joy delight, wonder and fun permeating everything in developing both skills and knowledge --Chris Brown, Review Editor of The School Librarian

[The author draws] on his experience to produce a useful book which provides teachers with an invaluable way of encouraging poetry in the primary classroom. He believes that poetry should be experienced before it is analyzed and that 'close study at an early age' is not the way to encourage enjoyment. This helpful book provides an essential handbook for primary schools. --Chris Holifield, Director of the Poetry Book Society.

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