It was brilliant to engage with so many people after posting the first set of eighteen ideas for bringing poetry to life in the primary school. I got a lot of enjoyment from pulling them together, and just as much from chatting to teachers, friends and even some poets about it all. It helped me to reflect more […]Read more "” You say Garibaldi!” – 9 more ways to inject poetry into the primary school"
Here is a smattering of thoughts, ideas, links, projects, organisations and a few people who might help you to bring poetry to life in the primary school setting. No pretending here that this is anything other than my own subjective brainsludge – I am a keen and devoted amateur; a teacher who writes poetry and […]Read more "18 (mostly unexpected) ways to bring poetry to life in the primary school"
Here is bluntly what I want to say. I think reading matters. I think writing matters. Here are some thoughts on why, based on working in a weird range of settings at the moment. The work I am doing, with various hats on, is the context for my views. I’ve put a bit about that […]Read more "Reading can matter and writing can hurt"
I find these year in review style posts to be quiet helpful. They fix you in time, capture what you’ve been up to and how you feel about it, and it can be interesting to look back on. I view the 2014-15 academic year as the best I’ve had, now that there is a healthy […]Read more "nurture 19/20"
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We ran two retreats for children aged between nine and eleven this month, and each was fascinating in its own way. The first one was able to equip the children to express themselves particularly clearly – the poetry that the children have written is amongst the most fluid, idiosyncratic and expressive we have had. […]Read more "Retreating"
Writing has become my main thing. Whether for work or for pleasure – in my case, I’m fortunate that things often sit in both camps – I spent a lot of time around writing. I write, for starters. I write children’s books and I write poetry and I write blogs and newsletters and marketing materials. […]Read more "Writing has become my main thing"