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By Paul Cookson —Poet

This audio poem, by the new Literacy Time PLUS Poet-in-residence, Paul Cookson, has musical accompaniment and some simple animation. The poem has a humorous football theme, a chorus, and great rhythm and rhyme, making it a perfect resource for this month’s National Year of Reading theme – Rhythm and Rhyme.


Shared learning and teaching

Before reading

  • Give groups words with different sound/spelling patterns and ask them to list as many rhymes as they can in three minutes. Feedback, and discuss spelling and rhyme.
  • Now, write ‘sausages and beans’ and ‘butterflies and birds’ on the board. Elicit that each phrase has the same rhythm – count out and clap the syllables. Give the children additional phrases and ask them to create others using a matching rhythm.
  • What words might we use when talking about a poem? Write these on the board.
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  1. Plemploms
    on 18 March 2015

    I love it

    It is amazing

  2. Unknown
    on 2 July 2010

    Love it!

    I love 'he just can't kick it with his foot'. It's an amazing rhyming poem.

    5out of 5