Lesson by: Carolyn Purslow


All pupils will use their own sounds and voices to convey feeling.



Resources needed

  • PC/interactive whiteboard with access to the Poetry Archive recording of 'The sun has burst the sky' by Jenny Joseph.
  • Your favourite, uplifting classical music CD.
  • A piece of cloth for everyone in the group - must be big enough to wrap around the body.
  • If you have an interactive whiteboard, display images of love, whatever they may be, or pictures that link more literally with the poem, such as sun and sea.

Teaching Sequence of Activities


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.

Further reading and listening

'The Passionate Pupil Declaring Love' by Andrew Fusek Peters
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