Category Archives: Poems and poetry

The trouble with reading …

Reading incorporates two activities. But what is the most successful way of pulling these two elements together?

Most of us working in primary schools will have witnessed children who have the ability to decode texts at an appropriate level for their age, but who find it hard to grasp and hold the meaning of that text at the same time.

As a result they cannot engage in activities that build upon their reading, because they simply don’t have enough of an immediate understanding of what they have read.

In such cases what is happening is that the brain is working to translate each pattern of letters into a word, but because so much effort is put into this activity the brain does not then take the words of a phrase or sentence and convert those words into something meaningful.

As a result there is little ability for the child to answer any questions about what has been read and (more worrying in the long term) there can be no enjoyment in reading.  Reading is a chore to be got through, not something to be enjoyed.

Unfortunately, many resources that exist to help primary school children read, focus on helping children read the text, but don’t simultaneously focus on giving them something that is enjoyable to read.

And so it was to provide this additional vital element in primary school literacy that we have produced the new edition of Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension – Years 1 – 6

The books in this series contain a variety of types of comprehension passages ranging from newspaper articles and dialogues to plays, stories and poems.  Each is followed by a series of enjoyable tasks for the children to undertake which test and stimulate their understanding of what they have read.

There is a lot more information about these books and their content on our website.

The books can be ordered either as a PDF for £13.99 or as a hardcopy book for £19.99. There is also the option to buy the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price.

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FREE reading comprehension activities for Year One and Year Four

Take advantage of these free activity materials
from the Reading Comprehension Series Pack:

BPFarmyard

The Farmyard: story and activities (Year 1)

BPLions

Lions in the Garden: poem and activities (Year 4)

With the Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension Pack for Years 1 to Years 6 you can support your pupils on the journey from decoding texts to comprehending and thinking critically about texts.

The specially written passages in the Reading Comprehension Pack provide children with a variety of engaging texts, ranging from newspaper articles and dialogues, to plays, stories, and poems.

Activities range from simple factual recall and vocabulary work to open-ended questions – enabling the reader to provide a more personal response. There are also detailed suggestions for integrating writing, speaking and other literacy tasks with the passages.

The texts and activities gradually increase in difficulty as your pupils progress through the book (and through the series), encouraging children to develop their ability to read for meaning and use a range of strategies to engage with the text.

You can order the Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series for just £95 at https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/brilliant-activities-for-reading-comprehension-series-pack-2nd-edition-518.

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It’s World Poetry Day!

To celebrate World Poetry Day (#WorldPoetryDay), here is a poem by Brenda Williams from Fun with Action Rhymes and Poems.

Fun with Action Rhymes and Poems Brenda Williams Brilliant Publications

Fun with Action Rhymes and Poems

Magic carpet

Sit on the carpet
And close your eyes
For this carpet is magic
And soon we will rise

We’ll float far away
Where no-one has been
To see rivers of honey
And fields of ice-cream

Sugar-topped mountains
Blackcurrant seas
Banana-milk lakes
And chocolate trees

Whipped cream clouds
And lemonade rain
Then we open our eyes
And are back home again.

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Celebrate National Poetry Day with your younger pupils

National Poetry Day is tomorrow, Thursday 8th October. The theme this year is ‘light’.

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National Poetry Day – 8th October

The theme for this year’s poetry day is ‘light’. Why not use activities around our Sun Candle poem to mark the day.

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Enhancing children’s phonic understanding

Keeping track of the phonics that pupils have learned can be something of a challenge. Not just because there are so many phonics in the English language, but because a phonic that one pupil may have successfully learned is not necessarily the phonic that another pupil has understood.
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Judi Dench learns a poem a day to keep young

Dame Judi Dench tries to learn a new poem or word every day to keep her mind active. The authors of the new National Curriculum for England will no doubt be pleased to hear this, as reciting poetry features strongly, starting with reciting rhymes by heart at Year 1, progressing to preparing poems to read aloud and to perform at Year 6.

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