Over the last few days we have been exploring poetry with the prep children. Our starting point was Roald Dahl’s revolting beasts and the funny story of Daisy the flying cow with golden wings. The children then created their own unusual animal and had a go at writing a simple descriptive poem.
Today we spent a longer session which allowed the students to experience all aspects of the writing process; starting with oral composition, drafting their poem, editing and reworking their writing and then finally publishing their work with matching illustrations for display in the classroom and the blog.
They really enjoyed the stimulus which was the familiar nursery rhyme, ‘Baa Baa Black sheep’ which they then had the challenge of innovating by creating their own new version of the poem. This was a challenging activity, however, the students did a fantastic job. They were able to show their excellent understanding of rhyming words.
Importantly, the students had plenty of time to work in small groups or pairs to orally create their poems before attempting to write them. We recorded this part of the session which we used as a mid session reflection before asking the students to write their poems down.
We think the poems were amazing and the students had such fun creating and publishing them for you to enjoy.
Here are some of the oral compositions and the finished poems.