All pupils will... have listened to and made a response to part of the poem.
Some pupils will... use vocal intonation to enhance meaning.
A few pupils will... recognise some of the rhyming words and find some new rhyming words.
These ideas are informed by an inclusive style of teaching and are multi-sensory in their offering.
Pupils may engage with the poem in many different ways. They may enjoy the play with metaphorical imagery that is prevalent in Valerie Bloom's poetry, or they may be responsive to the shape, rhythm and sound of the words. Consider how the pupils listen to language and be creative in re-presenting the poem to them.
For some pupils, metaphor can be difficult and confusing. For others, imagining experiences outside their own lives can present a challenge.
When listening to or reading the poem, consider how to keep the constant movement of a river, through sound and/or action.
It would be excellent to return to the poem regularly over a period of at least three weeks, to allow pupils a chance to engage with the poem and to give them the time and space to make their response.
- PC with internet access and/or interactive whiteboard with reading of 'The River' by Valerie Bloom.
- Swathe of fabric, soft airy netting or transparent white, pale blue or green, long enough for all pupils to sit or stand alongside, light like parachute silk.
- Sound tape of river running and associated gurgling, riverside sounds.
- Collection of stuff reclaimed from a riverside, eg stones, broken pottery, sticks.
- If you have an interactive whiteboard, find river images to display and refer to. Alternatively, take photos of your local river.