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By Coral Rumble, Clive Riche, John Foster and Brian Moses

These five humorous poems are all on the same underwater theme but are different in style and form. They include limericks, a tongue-twister, word play and both rhyming and non-rhyming forms. The collection is suitable for work on Year 1 Poetry Planning Unit 3Poems on a theme and Year 2 Poetry Planning Unit 3Silly stuff (humorous poems and poems featuring language play).

These teachers’ notes accompany the PRINT ONLY guided reading leaflet in Literacy Time PLUS for Ages 5 to 7, January 2009.

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Before reading

  • Talk to the children about funny poems they have read and enjoyed or a poem you have read together.
  • Look at the pictures in the leaflet and read the titles of the poems. What is the leaflet about? Which poem do they think they will like best?

Reading the poems

  • Listen to the children read individually and support them to apply their phonic knowledge, reread for sense and explore the meaning of some of the less common phrases.
  • Choose one of the longer poems to share and explore as a group (eg, ‘Octopus’ – see ideas below), before letting the children choose one of the shorter poems to read independently.
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  1. sarah
    on 3 January 2013

    poems

    Are these poems now online? If so, where can I find them? Thank you.

  2. lauren
    on 13 February 2012

    more wow words

    your poems are all great but they could do with some wow words

  3. Kirstin McCreadie Assistant Editor
    on 8 June 2010

    RE: Which poem?

    Dear jocelynmilner,

    These notes accompany a guided reading leaflet that is currently only available in print. We do have plans to add these to our online resource bank, but it may not be for a few months.

    If you would like to order a copy of Literacy Time PLUS Ages 5 to 7 January 2009, please call our customer services team on: 0845 850 4411 or email contactus@scholastic.co.uk

    Many thanks, Kirstin.

  4. jocelynmilner
    on 1 June 2010

    Which poem?

    WHere can I find the poems mentioned in this article?