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The Literacy Focus: Poetry

Course Details

The new proposed curriculum recommends that children should respond creatively and
critically to a wide range of verse forms. They should learn how to perform poetry fluently
and listen and respond to verse of all kinds, material which will arouse their interest in
and develop a love of this form of writing.

This workshop will suggest a range of exciting, challenging and appropriate texts for
use in the classroom to encourage young readers and act as models for their own poetry
writing. This will be a practical session with ideas and strategies for teachers to use in

Participants will be given:

An opportunity to view and assess a range of appropriate resources to use in the
The chance to explore a variety of strategies and practical approaches for appreciating
and writing poetry...
Course Date Wed 15 Jun
Duration 10:00 - 15:30
Location Wakefield
Venue Address YPO, 41 Industrial Park, Wakefield, WF2 0XE
Target Audience All staff involved in teaching Key Stage 2 and literacy coordinators
Lunch 12:30 - 13:15
Price £120
Voucher Value £95

Course Tutor

Professor Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years, before becoming an education advisor and school inspector.
He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster, author and poet. He is a former President of the School Library Association. Gervase Phinn is probably best known for his five best-selling autobiographical novels based on his life as a school inspector in North Yorkshire, books which he read on the Radio 4 programme, ‘Book of the Week’. ‘Head Over Heels’ in the Dales was a number one best-seller. In addition, he has published a wide range of poetry, short stories, nonfiction material, plays and academic texts. His early memoir ‘Road to the
Dales: The Story of a Yorkshire Lad’ published by Penguin, was an instant best-seller.