There’s been a lot of talk about shaking up literacy education in primary schools over here in the UK, as this article in the Independent shows, and one of the recommendations is that children as young as five should be able to learn and recite poetry. I don’t think we’re talking The Rime of the Ancient Mariner here or Don Juan but simple, short poems that are memorable.
I actually think it’s a good idea. With a lot of emphasis on systemic phonics these days, it can be difficult for children to get into the rhythm of English as they robotically spell out each sound. Most children love poetry, which is why many picture books are written in rhyme, so why not exploit this natural interest?
Holly and I intend to do some poetry reviews but, in order to be topical and newsworthy, we had some fun pulling together this little gem. Last week, we visited one of the Oxfam bookshops in Oxford, which have some lovely old books as well as more modern second-hand titles. Amongst the children’s books was this version of The Hums of Pooh by A.A. Milne.
Holly listens to an audiobook of Winnie the Pooh every night after storytime, to help her go to sleep, so she knows all the poems or ‘hums’ in here off by heart. However, she selected one of her favourites to share with you! You have to go onto You Tube to see this but hopefully you’ll think it’s worth it!