Walking the Dog

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By Brian Mosespoet

This humorous poem by Brian Moses will appeal to most children from Year 1 up. The vocabulary is fun and words are easy to decode using phonics and simple word patterns. To support your use of the poem, have a selection of nursery rhymes, poetry books and posters about pets available for the children to look at.


Shared reading

  • Look at the poster together. What sort of text is it? How do we know?
  • Remind the children of reading strategies learned so far. Explain that, in this poem, rhyming words might be a good strategy to use.
  • Read the text together, focusing on spotting digraphs and trigraphs to work out unfamiliar words.
  • Emphasise the rhyming words as you read, or cover the last word in the line to see if the children can guess what the missing word is.
  • After reading, ask how the poem made the children feel and why. Discuss how the dog gave the family a shower.
  • Discuss, with speaking partners, other things the dog could have got up to on the walk. Share ideas with the class.
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