April 10, 2012

Poetry and PP3

My experiences of poetry:

I recall having access to a lot of poetry throughout primary school, reading, being read to, writing our own and working in groups to write poems. Although I cannot recall any poems directly from primary school, I do remember specific texts from my secondary years, such as 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'William Wordsworth and'A new Slough' by John Betjeman.

Whilst in primary school we were able to write poems that were then published in a book containing poems from a number of local schools. This was a massive achievement, both then and now when I look back at one of my poems in a real book, and helped to give me an interest in poetry.

Whilst on PP3:

I was in year one for my PP3 placement, and I observed limited poetry. The pupils were given nursary rhymes that they were asked to adapt, creating new rhymes, this involved the pupils working together to find words that rhymed with existing words in the poem. Some pupils struggled with this task, due to their lack of understanding of 'rhyming words'. In this instance I think it is important to be careful when giving the pupils examples, as it was often the case that they would simply repeat the example, without exploring for themselves.

In addition to this activity, some pupils had guided reading extension tasks that were based on poetry, asking pupils to find rhyming words, or to match rhyming words, based on their level of ability.

The guided reading books given to the pupils were sometime sporadically based on poetry, but there was little emphasis placed upon this, or expansion surrounding the type of text or the ways that it can be used. 

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