As it is National Poetry Day I thought I would share one of my own … ENJOY!
I Tried to Write a Poem
I tried to write a poem,
but I just couldn’t think;
all I could do was stare,
and blink and blink and blink.
My dragon of a teacher told me:
‘Make it mature’,
but all I could think of
was poo, bum and manure.
My use of alliterative choices,
at best are cheap,
and I can’t use onomatopoeias
like crash, bang and beep.
Don’t get me started,
on personification or similes;
they grab, twist and hit me
like the heat at 100 degrees.
Metaphors pass me by
(like a thief in the night).
I can never seem to get them,
I am never ever right.
So I am sorry that I failed,
but it’s obvious you see,
I really can’t do this tricky thing,
Getting Ready for Halloween!
The pumpkins are ripening, the costumes have been chosen and the party list is written, so maybe it is time to sit back, relax and grab a book. Look at our list of spooky reads for you to share next week with your little ones. Remember to pop to your local library for more ideas and you can ask the librarians to order books from this list for free!
Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Ten Spooky Skeletons by Garry Parsons
Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
Year 2 upwards:
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low
The Curious Little Witch by Lieve Baeten
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Witch’s Children by Ursula Jones and Russell Ayto
Horrid Henry’s Spooky Surprise by Francesca Simon
(Also, check out these recipes for yummy bits to make! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/halloween
Stick Man Front Cover
With the promise of another classic Julia Donaldson book coming to our screens this Christmas we decided to share a little information about the author. We all know she has written a number of family favourites never to be forgotten and at Exciting Education she is one of our ‘dream people to work with’; but what do we not know about Julia Donaldson? READ ON…
- Julia used to argue with her sister about who would marry Geoffrey their cat!
- She studied Drama and French at university
- Between 2011 and 2013, Julia was the Children’s Laureate
- The gruffalo was going to be a tiger but it proved tricky to create rhymes for ‘tiger’
- Julia was born in 1948
- When she was 5, Julia’s father gave her a book called ‘A Book of a Thousand Poems’
- She used to go busking with her guitar playing husband
- Julia spent a year thinking of ideas and planning to write The Gruffalo
- One of her favourite books is Watership Down by Richard Adams
- The Gruffalo has been translated into 50 languages
Why not use these true facts as well as some made up ‘facts’ to have a true and false guessing game?
Go to https://www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/about.htm#buying for more information about Julia, including a Q and A section.
All facts are believed to be accurate but please contact us to remedy inaccuracies.
Girls Dancing taken by By Yann
An older, yet still relevant, article. Is everyone in phases beyond the EYFS thinking about this? The best practitioners do!
Clever Carvings: Get ready for our carving competition.
We want to see your pumpkin pictures. Can you carve cleverly? Can you create a masterpiece from a marrow? Send your pictures to email@example.com by the 10th November for one of our fantastic prizes. Follow the link below for some ideas from CBBC
P.S. They don’t have to be perfect; just fun!