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To the Moon and back

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By Brenda Williamspoet

Explore transport with a twist by combining the real with the ridiculous using a fun space poem

Illustration of a bus in space

It is a very ordinary thing for children to ride a bike, but to ride it to the Moon is a fantasy – a nonsense! The poem on Activity sheet, ‘Back from the Moon on a Number 10’ takes its inspiration from Edward Lear’s ‘The Jumblies’ (see Activity sheet, ‘The Jumblies’) and is just that – a nonsense poem. Woven within the poem, however, is a mixture of real modes of transport.

Provide children with a copy of the poem, read it together, sorting out the incredible from the possible. For example, the rocket and spaceship are exactly where we expect them to be, but a bus stopping on the Moon – not yet anyway!

Activities

  1. A vehicle for imagination
  2. Finding the rhythm
  3. Telling a story
  4. A cautionary tale
  5. Curious characters
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