Chrissi’s Class Reads…#4 Poetry

Today I’m going to share two poetry books that my class are obsessed with! They had a Roald Dahl phase (to be honest… they’re still reading Roald Dahl as their independent reads!) which I was very pleased about. My next mission was to encourage them to read different genres. I started with including non fiction books and magazines into our book corner. I then decided it was time for me to experiment with some poetry with them.

Here are their two favourite poetry books at the moment… (book images go to Goodreads)

Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum: poems by

I thought I couldn’t go wrong with Julia Donaldson really. They enjoy her writing and the poems are short and silly. Perfect for 6 years old +. They adore the title poem about a mother putting silly food together.

The Day I Fell Down the Toilet and Other Poems

You might have guessed by now, but my class really enjoy silly. I enjoy silly too. There’s far too much seriousness in the curriculum and I like to have lighter moments! The children really enjoy the title poem and The Vegetables Strike Back which is all about vegetables having feelings too. They find this poem hilarious!

I’m not a massive fan of poetry myself, but I’m really enjoying exploring the poetry genre with young children!

A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: P.E being fun? What’s that about?!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my massive new venture. I am going to University to train to be a primary school teacher. I will be trained to work with 5-11 year olds. It’s known to be a very, very stressful time so I’m hoping I can channel my thoughts and feelings into a blog post. It gives you an insight into what’s going on in my life and hopefully it’ll be incredibly therapeutic for me. I will NOT be naming any children, schools or teaching staff. I won’t even mention what University I’m at. I hope that’s understandable. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind!

This week has been full of fun and laughter! It’s not been plain sailing though. I’ve been absolutely exhausted and my personal reading has suffered. I knew this was going to happen though. I’ve just got to remember that it’s not for long.


On Monday I had a 9am-4pm day with 3 hours of Geography and 3 hours of Science. My initial thoughts were to flee in the opposite direction of Geography. I hadn’t studied it for many, many years. It was so fun though! The Geography teacher was enthusiastic and passionate about her subject. I think that rubs off on the students. Science was good fun too. Both subjects were full of great, practical activities. This made it enjoyable for us and definitely sparked some ideas about what to do with my future class. The future class aspect terrifies me. Will I ever know enough to have my own class?


Tuesday was another long day. This time it focussed on English. I adore English. I loved sharing children’s books and discovering new pieces of children’s literature. English seems like it’s going to be quite a heavy workload. I hope if I can keep on top of it then I won’t feel too snowed under.


I have to admit, I was dreading this day which was packed full of 3 hour sessions of Religious Education and Physical Education. I realised how much I didn’t know about religion. Definitely something I need to brush up on. Luckily the very lovely teacher got us working on researching religions. We’re going to share the research we found with each other. That’ll be so helpful. P.E was the subject I was dreading the most, but it was actually really fun. We had to learn some theory, of course, but we also had a lot of fun trying out activities and games!


On Thursday, I experienced the downwards spiral that is this course. I was really emotional and doubting myself. In some ways I still am doubting myself. I’m trying to put it down to tiredness though. It’s been a long week with long days and work continuing into the evening. I had Maths, like I’ll have every Thursday and I just found it to be incredibly mentally draining. I’m hoping I can change my attitude towards Maths though.


I was so happy it was Friday. I am loving the experience, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired before. It’s just physically and mentally draining. I keep on trying to remind myself that it’s only for a while and the end result will be so worth it. I do worry though, I’m not even on placement yet and I’m finding it hard to keep my eyes open in the evening. I’m looking forward to my Sunday off. I’ve dedicated one day a week to take off- a day purely for me. I think I’ll need it.

Children’s books added to my growing children’s library (Clicking the image will take you to Goodreads!):

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