I Tried to Write a Poem! Humorous Poetry for National Poetry Day

As it is National Poetry Day I thought I would share one of my own … ENJOY!

I Tried to Write a Poemreserved for poetry

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,

called poetry.


Rebecca Martin


Spooky Reads: Be Ready for Halloween

Getting Ready for Halloween

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!




Young Reads:

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

All about Julia Donaldson

Stick Man Front Cover

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.


Pumpkin Competition: Clever Carvings


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 info@excitingeducation.co.uk 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!