Introduce 'Variation on an Old Rhyme' as a poem in the style of a song, with repeating lines.
Choose to use a series of signs that signal the start of the poem. Use an associated sound and pass around one of your related objects.
Listen to the poet reading his poem.
Taking the poem on a journey
Read the poem, taking an object out of the basket for each line and passing it around the class; hang each object on a washing line; make a 3D picture on a table; build a tower of the objects.
Pupils can use the basket of objects to retell the poem in their own way in small groups or to the class.
Make a banner for each line of the poem. Each person can choose their line then find their image.
Explore the activity within the poem. Readers and/or signers can perform the poem with action sequences and moving banners.
Explore the use of different voices to read the poem. How does the meaning change when the voice becomes angry? Or softer?
Make cards with key words symbolised or illustrated to use as cue cards when reading and performing the poem.