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Making Sense of Jabberwocky

This is one of our most popular resources.

It is aimed at children in upper KS2 and lower KS3 and looks at the nonsensical poem Jabberwocky and suggests a fun way to disect the poem, line by line, and put some sort of sense to it – well, almost!

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Bring A Poet Into Your Classroom

David Horner, our poet in residence here at Goodeyedeers, used to be a freelance children’s poet visiting schools up and down the country.

A typical session in school would consist of reading some of his poems and then leading workshops with different classes to get the children writing their own poetry.

We have recreated some of these session in the four ‘Bring A Poet Into Your Classroom’ resource packages that can be found at the Goodeyedeers Shop on TES.

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How To Get Your Children To Write Poems About Their Hands and Feet

In this one, David Horner talks you through getting your children to write a poem about their hands. (The same idea can also be used to write poems about their feet.)

This is a quick and easy idea to get your children writing, and one they will have great fun with.

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An Alphabet Full Of Silent Letters

Is This A Football Score?

Hawaii 12        Cambodia 74

 No, not a football score, though we’d like to have been there if it was!

No, it’s matters alphabetical again and those are the numbers of letters in the countries’ alphabets.

Heaven knows how Hawaiians manage with just 12 letters, while children in Cambodia must have one heck of a struggle coping with all of the 45 letters in their Khmer alphabet.

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8 Interesting Things To Do With The Alphabet

Strange isn’t it that once children have learned – and learned to use – the alphabet, it rarely gets looked at again. It just gets absorbed into the larger matters of literacy and isn’t seen as an item in its own right.

That seems a shame, especially given its age and history – Roman in origin but named for the first letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta.

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