Many moons ago, I used to hold a Poetry Club in the bookshop for children aged 7 – 10 years old. While pondering how best I could help with ‘home-schooling’ my four grand-children, I realised that the obvious thing for me to do was to establish a way of reading and enjoying poetry in the virtual world – hence the Zoom Poetry Club! The first one was such fun to do that I thought I could offer it not just to my grand-children but to any who might like it – so jump in, and enjoy yourselves!
Just a tip, I encourage the children to have blank paper and crayons/felt tips etc on the table while we are ‘zooming’, and I invite them to doodle during any of the longer poems ~ this seems to help them to listen! Short poems I often read more than once. I don’t ask the children to analyse the poems in any way at all – these sessions are all about the fun and pleasure of listening to the rhymes and rhythms, the musicality of the poems.
Poems we read
1. There Shall be no More Sea by Kathleen Raine, from Collected Poems, Faber.
2. Sea Fever by John Masefield, from The Dragon Book of Verse, Oxford University Press
3. The Sea by James Reeves from The Dragon Book of Verse, Oxford University Press
4. Journey by Judith Nicholls from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books.
5. The Shell by James Stephens, from The Dragon Book of Verse, Oxford University Press
6. maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e.cummings, from The Dragon Book of Verse, Oxford University Press
7. A Boat in the Snow by Brian Patten from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books.
8.Voyager Mum by Justin Coe from The Magic of Mums, Otter-Barry Books
9. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear, from I Like this Poem: A Classic Anthology to Treasure, edited by Kaye Webb, Puffin
10. The Shark by Alfred, Lord Douglas, from I Like this Poem: A Classic Anthology to Treasure, edited by Kaye Webb, Puffin
11. Break, Break, Break by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, from The Dragon Book of Verse, Oxford University Press
12. The Island by A A Milne, from When We Were Very Young, Methuen
13. Cornish Holiday by John Betjeman from The Dragon Book of Verse, Oxford University Press
Please feel free add to add your own sea poetry suggestions in the comments box at the bottom of this page.
One of my favourite ‘sea’ pictures, this was taken on West Beach, Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, where we have a seaside holiday cottage.
This is a whale that Abbie made – why don’t you have a go at making something fishy?
Here are some of the activities that your children can do after the Zoom Poetry Club!
All the words listed here are in the poem ‘There Shall be no More Sea’ by Kathleen Raine.
SEA POEM: How to make a sea poem.
- drawing paper A4 size, cut lengthwise
- watercolour paint
- black permanent fine marker
- coloured paper for background
Paint a white sheet with watercolour paint in sea colours. Sprinkle salt in the wet paint. Let this dry and wipe the salt away. Write a poem about the sea. Tear the painted paper in wavy strips; keep the sheet between your fingers and tear in small strips. Write on every strip one sentence of your poem. Paste the waves on a coloured background and decorate your work with small drawings.
THE OWL AND THE PUSSY CAT
Read or listen to this poem, then capture the meaning (the story!) of it – in 4 pictures.
Sing along to these catchy tunes, then ask a grown up to help you upload a blank map of the world. See if you can draw (or stick) the continents and oceans into the correct position.
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