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Reading

Monday

This week, we have chosen a couple of poems written by Quentin Blake. 

 

Do you know any other things by Quentin Blake? If you're not sure, have a look at his pictures. Do they remind you of any other pictures you have seen?

 

The first thing we would like you to do today is read this poem. 

Read it once just as yourself.

Read it again in a serious voice.

Read it again as if you were very angry.

Read it again in a silly way.

Now you have read it a few times, what kind of voice do you think it should be read in?

Which parts do you think should be quiet and which parts loud? 

 

Now for some questions.

What lines in the poem make you think the characters are going to be kind?

What do they do instead of being kind?

Think of something they could have done instead that would have been kind to the three people.

Tuesday

Michael Rosen, a poet himself, says that one way to get good at writing is to have a go at writing like someone else. See what it feels like.

So today, we will have a go at writing a similar poem!

 

It should be quite easy because I'm sure over the last few weeks and months, you will have seen people in your house doing things that might make them feel frustrated or sad or annoyed and they might have needed your kindness to help them!

 

Here is what you can do to make your own poem.

1. Think of 3 things that people might be doing where you could show them some kindness for example when William is thinking hard in his study.

2. Think of something that could be VERY annoying like the hooter. What sound could it make?

3. Write lines starting with When....

4. CHALLENGE: Notice that the middle line of the verse rhymes with the sound of the hooter. Can you make your middle line rhyme with your sound?

When William's in his study

and his thoughts are very deep

We come and help him concentrate - 

we go BEEP-BEEP BEEP-BEEP

Wednesday

Today we are going to read another poem by Quentin Blake. This one is called We All Join In.

 

Have a go at reading it a few times and think about which parts should be fast and slow or loud and quiet. 

 

 

Now you have read it, can you find people on each page who are being helpful and some people who are not? What are they doing?

 

It could be said that the idea of everyone joining in is a kind thing to do for example, we might all join in on a game or join in with putting things away. But sometimes it might be quite annoying if everyone joins in with something.

 

Now take some time to write some lists.

1. Give yourself 2 minutes on the timer.

2. Write as many things as you can that would be good to join in with.

3. Write as many things as you can that would not be good to join in with.

 

You might need some of these ideas for tomorrow.

Thursday

Today we are going to have a go at writing our own version of the poem.

We can keep the line "We all join in!".

 

First we need to think about what parts of the poem rhyme? Can you find the lines that rhyme?

Also, count how many syllables are in each line. This will help you to make the poem flow nicely when you're reading it.

 

(If you want to make a video of yourself reading it and send it to the email address, we would love that!)

Friday

Today is a short little activity for you to do to send good vibes to Michael Rosen and the NHS who have been having a tough time lately.

 

Here is Michael Rosen's poem about the NHS

These are the Hands

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.

These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.

These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.

And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.

 

What jobs in the hospital do you think the people in these lines have?

Find the pulse

Wheel the bin
Change the bulb

Give us a jab

Make the cast

 

Remember to take a moment today to appreciate someone you love! You could give them a ring, write them a letter, write them a poem, make them a cake, sing them a song or just spend time thinking about them!

 

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