Year 4b

A Brookburn Primary School blog

Brian Moses – Beat Poetry @ Brookburn!

On Wednesday we were lucky to have Brian Moses, a published poet, in our school performing many of his wonderful poems. I’d read and enjoyed some of his poems before, I even have at least one of his collections in my library, but I had no idea he would be so fantastic! Inspired by Bob Dylan, Brian delivered lots of his poems using percussion; he would deliver to the beat, go quieter/louder to add dynamics, he gave us excitingpoems, sad poems, happy, funny, dramatic, scarey poems… My class thoroughly enjoyed it, as did KS2.
You can see the excitement in the children’s faces on these pictures.

Brian Moses on PhotoPeach

Using My Senses

At the end of our poetry unit we looked a poem called Using My Senses as a starting point for our own senses poems. Following on from our sound poems, we used ICT, this time using Microsoft Movie Maker, to record our own poems. Then we collected and altered images to go with the words of our poem. Finally we tried to add sounds to help us illustrate our ideas to the next level.

Performing Poetry

We have recently begun studying poetry. We have looked at rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification so far, with a big focus on the images that the poets try to create. As part of our study we have been learning poems by heart and have also been looking at how we could add sounds and (in future) pictures to help to show poetic imagery.
These poems were studied over two days for their imagery and use of different features, then we decided to add sounds. This is part of an ICT project as we are going to use Vye personal computers to create our own performance poetry very soon.
The poems that we have recorded are:
Last Night I saw the City Breathing by Andrew Fusek Peters.

The Magic Box by Kit Wright.

The Snow Monster by John Foster

Being Told Off by Fiona Tomlinson.

The Sea is a Hungry Dog by James Reeves

Learn This Poem

The months in the year are: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and (finally) December.

However, you can learn how many days there are in each month by learning this peom:

30 days hath September -       April, June and November’

All the rest have 31 -            Except for February ‘lone,

Which has but 28 days clear -      and 29 in each leap year.

Comment below when you have learned the rhyme.  Also, comment to say how the poem works; what it shows you; what is a leap year or why have I used an apostrophe?  Why have I used four colours when I named the months?

Also, you could comment with facts stating how many days some of the months have.

I look forward to reading your comments 🙂

Kenyan Animal Poetry

As we studied Kenya, we linked our literacy and artwork to create (initially) shape poetry based on Kenyan animals. After this we used BRUSHO to create a Kenyan sunset and then looked at science (silhouettes) in our sketch books. All of this work will go into our Kenyan self-made books.