He Just Can’t Kick It With His Foot
3 July 2008Add to My Folder
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This audio poem, by the new Literacy Time PLUS Poet-in-residence, Paul Cookson, has musical accompaniment and some simple animation. The poem has a humorous football theme, a chorus, and great rhythm and rhyme, making it a perfect resource for this month’s National Year of Reading theme – Rhythm and Rhyme.
Shared learning and teaching
- Give groups words with different sound/spelling patterns and ask them to list as many rhymes as they can in three minutes. Feedback, and discuss spelling and rhyme.
- Now, write ‘sausages and beans’ and ‘butterflies and birds’ on the board. Elicit that each phrase has the same rhythm – count out and clap the syllables. Give the children additional phrases and ask them to create others using a matching rhythm.
- What words might we use when talking about a poem? Write these on the board.
Children will need to understand the language necessary to discuss poetry (rhyme, rhythm, verse, etc), and to have some awareness of performance, so drama exercises to promote clarity of voice may be useful.