Day 1 Teaching
Introduce the humorous poem Dad and the Cat and the Tree (see resource). Which parts were funny? Relate the poem to their own experiences of something going wrong.
Children have picture cards from the poem (see resource), they work in pairs to sequence them. They make up a new ending for the poem and draw this on a blank card. Challenge children to write a line describing their new ending.
Day 2 Teaching
Read The Vulture and then If You Should Meet a Crocodile (see resource). Ask children to describe each of the animals. Then show them pictures (see resource) and ask them to add more detail to their descriptions.
Children work in pairs to choose either the picture of the vulture or the crocodile (see resource). They stick this in the middle of a large sheet of paper then write descriptive words around the edge. Some children write descriptive phrases as well as words.
Day 3 Teaching
Read ‘Twas Midnight (see resource) and discuss the play on words. Point out the different contradictions in the poem e.g. A barefoot boy with shoes on. Now read Goodnight (see resource) and discuss how the verbs don’t match the action e.g. I took off my stairs.
Children have copies of Goodnight, in pairs they ‘correct’ two lines from the poem to make more sense e.g. I turned off the bed/I jumped in the light becomes I turned off the light./I jumped in the bed. Some children ‘correct’ the whole poem and re-write.
Day 4 Teaching
Show children Make a Face (see resource). Children think of other funny faces they can make. Brainstorm some ideas for the types of faces the children might make. E.g. I can make a silly face, / a flat face, a frilly face...
Children brainstorm different faces they could make and in small groups work together to write a short poem like the example in the main teaching session. Some children use the writing frame (see resource).