Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Poems in my Pocket.

This has been a huge success and keeps on running!

Monday, 8 December 2008

Saving Mother Earth

Save Mother Earth

Everyone should plant more trees
Then the wind will be full of O2 breeze
Use the energy generated from the wind
Pass the message to change people's mind
We can put our legs on pedals
Recycling will put Mother Earth with medals
Keep our lights when we need
This is one of the big green seed.

Brawin Kajenthra (7)
Gearies Junior School

For this poem I won the Creative Writing Award.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Project 3: Teachers writing poems.

We were a bit shocked when we found out that some adults would not listen to our research, so we think that by making adults join in with our project they will help us more.
In this project we will ask all grown ups in school to write a poem. We will choose a winner. The winning poet must then go all the classes and share with the children their poem. The winner will also do a lesson on how they made their poem and the children will then write their own poems.

We think this will help us answer these questions:
Do we do enough poetry things?
Why would adults not listen to our research?
Do most people loke comdery in their poems?
What would help us understand poems more?

Project 2: Poems to read anywhere and anytime.

Mrs Billen knows of a project where poems were put on display all over the place, in bus stops, shops, streets and everywhere. Mrs Billen will get some of these posters and put them all over our school, will children read poems more?
Once these poems are up we will try to get people to read them.
We will also talk to mrs Billen about this project and share ideas.

Project One: Asking the year two teachers to do more poetry projects.

Our first project will be to get the year two teachers to do more poetry work in our literacy lessons. Mr Lea will ask the team to look at the poetry in their planning, plan a project that looks at how we can understand poems better and then end this project with a week project all about the teachers favourite poems.
This whole project will take four weeks. We will read, listen to, write and study poems.

Questions we want to explore.

From our first collection of information there were lots of answers that didn’t give us a real idea of what people are thinking. Lots of our questions resulted in mixed results.
So, we have looked at these mixed resulted and created some questions to investigate these areas more closely.
These questions will be linked with our cause and effect projects.

Do people think poetry is silly as in silly funny or silly rubbish?
Now we have done some projects in class on poetry, do we understand it better?
How is poetry rude?
Why do some people think that poetry is not a real subject?
Do we do enough poetry things?
What stops us reading poems everyday?
Why would adults not listen to our ideas and research?
What confuses people when they read poems?
Why don’t people listen to poems?
What don’t you like about poems?
What would help you understand poems more?
How come nearly all children said that they didn’t know any famous poets?
If we like acting out poems, will this help us understand them more?
Why don’t we choose to write poems?
What s poetry all about? Why does it matter if a poem is long or short?
Why don’t most children have a favourite poem?

What our information has told us.

Some People know what poems were before we started our project, but not everyone.

Most people said they could describe a poem, but found it hard to describe what poetry is.

More people voted to say that poetry was not silly, but by only one vote.

Most people liked comedy in their poems.

Not many people read poems everyday.

Most people believe that reading poems will make you smarter.

Most people could not tell us what poetry was about, or they had lots of different ideas.

Most people said poems were special.

What our first collection of information has told us.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Information Collecting Deadline.

We must stop collecting our information on the first day of our new school year. After this day we will be making our changes and we want to see if our changes cause positive effects to happen. We will need time to look at our information and work out what it tells us, what the information shows us about how people feel about poetry and writing before we start our changes.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Reader Polls!

We have added easy to use "Reader Polls" to our Blog. They are on the right hand side of the page. We will be putting up lots of these so add your vote and watch out for more!

Our Questionnaire.

These are the ten questions we created for our questionnaire. If you are reading this Blog you can leave your answers as a comment. Click on the comments link, show the post, read our questions and type in your answers. Thank you.

1. Will poetry help me with my writing skills?
2. Do you like poetry?
3.When you read poems, do you understand them?
4. Do you know any famous poets?
5. Do you like acting out poems?
6. Do you try writing your own poetry?
7. What do you think poetry is about:
a. Poetry is more than just talking, it is creative and imaginative.
b. It is all about rhymes and beats.
c. It is funny nonsense.
8. Do you like long or short poems?
9. Do you often listen to poems?
10. What is your favourite poem?
11. Do you think poems are special?

Collecting more information.

We have so far only got 25 comments in our online interview. It is also quite hard to look at the comments and use them to present some information. We need to collect some information in a way that we can use it to start looking for ideas to discuss, like, "How many people read poems?" or "Do children in our school understand what poems are?"
We have decided to make a Questionnaire, this will help us collect information quickly. It will also help us to look for things to talk about.

Getting more people commenting.

Here are our ideas to get more people commenting on our Blog:
1. Share the address with friends who have e-mail, people we e-mail already.
2. Share the Blog with our families.
3. Get the Blog into the school newsletter, asking people to look at it and post comments.
4. At play times share the Blog with a friend, showing them how to find it, use it and place a comment.
5. Share the Blog with family members in different countries.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Listening to our interviews.

To listen to the interviews click on the title above.

Or, view them on the right hand side of the Blog.

We recorded some interviews using Audacity. They tell us what our friends already know about poetry and what they already think. It is important to record this information before we start our,"Cause and effect" part of the research.