As today is National poetry day, we embraced poetry, grabbed it with two hands and ran with it!
My year group colleague is the Literacy co-ordinator at our school and found the most fantastic ideas based around twinkle twinkle little star.
We began by playing our children this beautiful animation by my good friend Jim! http://youtu.be/ata6QbvRQpc
We then talked about all of the words that rhyme within this song. The kidlets were just fab at hearing the rhyming words. We talked about how a poem is just like this with lots of rhyming words.
During fruit time we read “How to catch a star” by the utterly fabulous Oliver Jeffers. The children adored the book, it truly is magical!
We had lots of children who “just got it” but others who didn’t quite understand the concept of reflection. We talked together about what activities they would like to do. It was agreed they’d love to create the night sky with twinkly stars.
We set to to create this. We used inks and pipettes and straws to blow the ink across the paper.
Once the art work is dry, the children would like to add their own stars.
It was fantastic to see lots of examples of COEL in fact I am pretty confident that I observed every characteristic at some point during this little activity. The children were wowed with their finished masterpiece and each one was as individual and special as them!
We then decided to try and make some glitter stars in laminated sheets….
When I say it was a complete and utter disaster I am kidding you not- lets just say I now realise that my scrumptious little lot have a secret love affair with glitter (who doesn’t)and I think I owe our cleaner a big box of chocolates! Ooppsssss
You know you’ve had an interesting day when you find glitter in your bra!!!
Ta ta for now, whilst I shimmer off and say Toodledooooooo!!!