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By Pie Corbettpoet, author and freelance educational consultant

Teach children how to appreciate and care for the world we live in

You will need: ‘Invisible Magicians’ by Paul Cookson from The Works 6 – every kind of poem you’ll ever need for assembly chosen by Pie Corbett (Macmillan, PB £6.99); PowerPoint to make a slideshow of related images; music such as ‘Rain Rain Beautiful Rain’ from The very best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Wrasse Records), or if you are in a classical mood use ‘Look at the world’ from John Rutter’s Mass Of The Children (Collegium Records); song/ hymn, such as ‘He’s got the whole world in his hand’ or ‘All things bright and beautiful’ both from The Works 6; special words/ prayer (see Online activity sheet 2, ‘Prayer for our place’ or ‘Prayer’ by Roger Stevens from The Works 6.

Performing poetry

The poem ‘Invisible Magicians’ is ideal for a class choral performance and is simple enough to learn over about a week.

  • Consider how to vary the verses to add interest, such as adding simple backing music. This could be developed by a group of children using chime bars and percussion.
  • An impressive way of using the poem is to try to find an image to accompany each verse. These could be found on the internet (check copyright restrictions) or using a CD-Rom of images.
  • Ask a group of children to compile a simple PowerPoint show to run in the background when reading the poem.
  • You could also begin reading the poem by revealing a verse at a time, with the rest of the school reading alongside you.
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