Introduce 'The sun has burst the sky' as a poem about love. Big, deep exuberant love. Ask 'Have you ever been in love?' or 'Have you felt intense love for someone?' - your Mum, sister, brother, pet cat?
Consider what other intense deep feelings we can have, like anger or sorrow.
Listen to the poet reading her poem.
Read the poem in a bland, monotonous low voice. How does that feel?
What is the best way to say: 'Because I love you' ? Try calling it out in a range of different voices.
Read the poem in an exuberant voice, shouting loud: 'Because I love you' like a 'crazy with love' person.
Use Makaton signs through the whole poem.
Issue every pupil with a piece of coloured cloth that they can wrap tightly around themselves. Use the analogy of a big hug. Use the cloth to explore the descriptive words in each verse. Pupils can burst out of it like the sun; they can pretend it is moving water and lap the rocks; they can fly around the room with the cloth as their wings.
Play the uplifting classical music as a background to a shared reading of the poem. Use call and response to speak the poem together.