We have turned our attention to Poetry in our English lessons, and the focus is nonsense poems – namely “The Jumblies” by Edward Lear. What a wonderful time we have had experiencing the adventures of these creatures whose “… heads are green and their hands are blue and they went to sea in a sieve”! We have learned all about rhyme, pattern, and rhyme schemes, carefully discovering the beautiful patterns Edward Lear weaves into his verse. The children are extremely excited to create their own stanza based on The Jumblies, designing a vessel for them to sail in at the same time. We have also been reading “The Ugly Five” by Julia Donaldson, which links nicely to our Amazing Africa topic. Singing and acting our way through the story, the aim is to recite this poem in our Year 2 assembly next week!
The children have also enjoyed reading about the lives of children in different African countries, taken from “Africa in not a Country” (by Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove). This book celebrates the extraordinary diversity of this vibrant continent as experienced at home, at school, at work and at play.