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Litter – A Poem by Mr Watson

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 11, 2011

I rather enjoyed the brilliant poems and commentaries that Y6 write and so I thought I would have a go too!



Chuck it, lob it, drop it and throw it!

Why bother to keep it,

Just for the sake of it?

It doesn’t matter!

I really don’t care.

If I don’t even look, it’s not even there.


Grab it, leave it, use it and abuse it!

Why bother to put it,

In a bin just to tidy it?

It’s not my problem,

I really don’t care.

If I don’t even look, it’s not even there.


Put it, pick it, recycle it and reuse it!

Should I just do it,

Just for the ease of it?

It really does matter!

If I show I care,

Even when I look, it’s not even there!

Mr Watson


About this Poem:

The best way to describe litter is to say it is waste in the wrong place. That is, rather than being placed in a bin or other waste container waste is left on the pavement, park or school field.

Litter is untidy and unsightly and can affect people’s view on the quality and safety of an area. Litter can consist of anything from a tiny sweet wrapper or an empty sandwich box to a discarded mattress in a public park. The majority of litter comes from people dropping it either on purpose or by accident, although some litter comes from other sources, for example wind-blown or natural litter.

From: http://www.eco-schools.org.uk/nine-topics/litter.aspx


I wrote this poem after having driven into work one morning past a series of fresh fly-tipping sites. There were a number of piles of household waste, builders waste as well as standard rubbish, such as plastic bottles and food packaging.

We all have a duty to dispose of litter in a responsible way. Fly-tipping and dropping rubbish on the ground is not responsible.


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Poetry Competition! Submit your Kennings!

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 17, 2010

What is a Kenning?

A kenning is a poem where the subject is described without being named.

It comes from the Norse/Viking era, where swords had names like “death-bringer” or “wound-maker”.

You can create a great “riddle poem” by describing something in different ways on the different lines.

Here are some examples:


Great runner
Food chaser
Flesh eater
Good climber
Evil predater
Brilliant killer
Day sleeper
Amazing starer

Lewis (Age 9)

Vampire Bat

Night swooper
Blood drinker
Midnight watcher
Sharp toother
Cow ripper
Gruesome fiender
Outstanding flyer
Cave dweller

Bailey (Age 9)


Sofa Ripper
Night Gardener
Cat Chaser
Fast Swimmer
People Licker
Water Drinker
Deep Sleeper
Amazing Runner

Ellie-Mae (Age 10)


Table chewer
Meat eater
Cat chaser
Loud barker
Sheep chaser
Sock ripper
Teddy stealer
Feet licker

Jaden (Age 10)

These examples were written by a couple of years ago by my old class.

The benchmark is set HIGH – Can you beat it?

Yes, you can!


So this is the competition:

1. Choose and animal

2. Write a kenning and post it here. It must be no more than 8 lines.

3. After half term we will have a look and judge the best and it will win a prize!

You can enter as many as you like!


Have fun, think creative, THINK WOW Words!

Mr W.

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The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 29, 2010

Over the next couple of weeks we will be studying Classic Narrative poems like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’ and Alfred Noyes classic tale of thieves, romance, love, bravery and death in ‘The Highwayman’.

We will also be looking at some slightly different versions, like in this video:

The music and lyrics are by a Canadian singer/songwriter called Loreena McKennitt.

She ha taken the words of Alfred Noyes poem and set them to music. She has missed little bits out and changed the words very slightly in places – but the poem still has the same story.

I am not sure who made the animation but they have done a pretty good job.

Enjoy the video:

What is your opinion of the poem?

Do you like it or not? Why?

Which version do you prefer – the Poem or the Song? Why?

Share your thoughts in a comment…

Mr W.


Update 01-05-10:

Here is the link that we didn’t have time to look at on Friday:

BBC – Myths & Legends – Dick Turpin

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Performance Poetry

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 13, 2010

One of the things that we have agreed on this week is that Michael Rosen creates poems that are better when performed.

Here are some tips for you to practice Performance Poetry for yourself.

Here is some information to try  to help them understand how they can use their voice to create different effects – we will be doing some of this in school too!

Have fun – that is what this kind of Poem is all about!

Performing Poetry: A Study Guide for Teachers, Parents and Children!
by Kathy Norris (adapted by Mr Watson)

Voice Emphasis Exercises
Purpose: To have students learn the importance of varying the pitch, rate and volume of their voices. Emphasizing different words will alter the meaning of the poem that the students are reading.

Exercise 1:
1. Use the following poem by Bruce Lansky for this exercise.

My Baby Sister
My baby sister’s
really swell.
I love her smile,
but not her smell.

(Note: All poems used in this study guide are copyright by Bruce Lansky.)

2. Have students take turns reading the poem emphasizing one word over the others. For example the first student reads it emphasizing “My” and the second student reads the poem emphasizing “baby,” and so on until the last student has read the poem emphasizing the last word “smell.”
3. Reading the selected word with emphasis means to say it louder, slower and more dramatically than the other words in the poem. If you emphasize “My” it means my baby sister as opposed to yours. If you emphasize “baby” it may mean your baby sister as opposed to your older sister.
4. Discuss how the meaning of the poem changes as different words are emphasized.
5. Teach your students that as they practice other poems to present in class that they can decide which words to emphasize. They can underline these words so that they can identify these words as they practice their poems.

Exercise 2:
Many students speak too quickly when presenting poems in front of the class or an audience. Your pitch and volume can vary more when you slow down your rate of speech.

1. Use the following poem by Bruce Lansky for this exercise:

I’d Rather
I’d rather wash the dishes
I’d rather kiss a frog.
I’d rather get an F in math
or run a ten-mile jog.
I’d rather do my homework.
I’d rather mow the lawn.
I’d rather take the garbage out.
I’d rather wake at dawn.
I’d rather dine on Brussels sprouts
or catch the chicken pox.
I’d rather do most anything
than clean the litter box.

2. Have a student volunteer to read the poem slowly, much slower than she/he would if they were actually presenting to the class.
3. Now have a student volunteer to read the poem quickly. Tell then to read it as quick as she/he possibly can.
4. Discuss the effectiveness of both readings.
5. Lastly, have a student read the poem at a rate between fast and slow. Quick enough to maintain an interest of the listeners yet slow enough to enunciate each word clearly and at a pace which enables the reader to ad emphasis through his/her pitch, volume, and rate.
6. You can have students read the poem in pairs. The reading should take approximately seconds.

Feeling confident? Try some of these Giggle Poetry – Poetry Theatre

Mr W.

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Our Next Poet – Roger McGough

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 11, 2010

This is Roger McGough another famous poet.

He has been called a “Wordsmith”, because of the style of his poems – when you have read some can you suggest why?

This week we will have a look at his Poetic Style and try to write some poems similar to the way he writes.

He thinks that writing poetry can be just a private activity, unlike stories which are written for other people:

“With poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don’t have to tell anyone you’re doing it. ”  Roger McGough

This is an animation that has been created for a design competition.

The poem is ‘My First Day At School’ by Roger McGough.

Pat Lakeland who provided the voice rather than Roger McGough himself.

Mr W.

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Help Writing Poems – Just some thoughts…

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 9, 2010

I thought I would share some ideas that might help you with you poetry writing.

They aren’t rules or instructions, just some suggestions to get you started.

Mr W.

Writing Poetry

Ideas that may help you to write poetry.

  • Decide on the subject you wish to write about. Start with a familiar subject and then go on to some obscure subjects that you have previously never given much thought to.
  • Think about something special or unique to the subject.
  • List some descriptive words which may provide some clear information to the reader.
  • Try to create pictures in the reader’s mind – your aim is to fire the imagination.
  • Express your feelings.
  • Convey your feelings by the tone of your poetry.
  • Bind the words and ideas together. Connect them by the use of rhyme which will provide your poetry with the element of repetition of identical or related sounds.
  • Get some rhythm into your poetry – the number of lines and your choice of poetry form will help you with this. Song lyrics are poetry set to music – tap out the beat or rhythm when you are writing poetry, or reading poetry.
  • Visual patterns – does your written poetry create a good pattern on the page?
  • Patterns of Sound – using alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia can create sound effects. (Sorry about the use of these words but were back to the literary terms again!).
  • Read your poetry to a friend!
  • If you receive some constructive criticism don’t be afraid to change your poetry accordingly!

And finally:

  • Enjoy yourself – Writing poetry should be fun!

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Our Poems Inspired by Michael Rosen’s “Conversation”

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 5, 2010


I’m just going to put the bins out.


Because they’re full.


Because there’s no more room.


Because there’s too much rubbish in them.


Because we threw it away.


Because it’s dirty.


Because it’s bin-time not why-time!


By Luke & Kristian


What are you watching?

I dunno.

How long have you been watching it?

I dunno.

Can I watch something now?

I dunno.

Why do you keep saying “I don’t know”?

I dunno.

Can you turn up the volume?

I dunno.

Do you know ANYTHING?!


By Emma


I’m just going to the shop.


I said I’m just going to the shop.


I   Am   Just   Going   To   The   Shop!


I am getting fed up with you now!


For the last time, I am going to the shop.



Alright, no need to shout!

By Nina

These are just a selection of what we wrote in just a few minutes – I’m impressed, what about you?

Mr W.

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Me and My Brother – Michael Rosen

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 5, 2010

Michael Rosen performs “Me and My Brother”, one of the poems we read today in Literacy.

Some people weren’t sure about it at first, so here is Mr Rosen performing it himself!

What do you think?

Mr W.

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Literacy – Poetic Style “Michael Rosen”

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 4, 2010

For our first Literacy Unit this term we will be looking at the Style which a Poet uses in his writing.

The first Poet is Michael Rosen, who i am sure you will have heard of.

Here is a video of him performing one of his pieces:

Watch and hopefully enjoy!

Share your thoughts on Michael Rosen and his poems here too in the “Comment” box!

Mr W.

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