Cloud Busting: Puffin Poetry

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Cloud Busting: Puffin Poetry

Cloud Busting: Puffin Poetry

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explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary Sam makes an almost lethal mistake, and then regrets it. What does he learn? Why are mistakes important?

Prepare children for the key themes of the story by discussing their ideas of belonging and times when they have felt the need to conform. Warm thinking up with open questions such as, “Is it important to fit in?” and “Do we all see things in the same way?” Have children think about other stories from books, television and film where “difference” defines a character and marks them out for bullying, for greatness, or maybe both. Working with the text This book is amazing I read it at school in guided reading I reccomend it to anyone who is ready to read chapter books it is not hard to read at all It is hard to define as a poem / novel but it covers issues of bullying, being new in school and many aspects of friendship and trust. It could be used for PHSE sessions but I have read it out loud to 3 different year 5 / 6 classes and they all got engrossed in the plot beyond the poetry. It was also noticeable that the boys in particular wanted to know more about what would happen next. - Result!!

Davey’s capacity to perceive the world in a multi-sensory way is one of the talents he passes to Sam. For example, favourite food becomes “…daydreams in your mouth…Or wishes down your throat…” Discuss everyday items and experiences, or use photos of familiar places, and help children develop their use of metaphor by exploring senses and linking one positive idea with another: a delicious taste is wonderful, as are star beams, so favourite food could become “star beams on your tongue”. You can’t taste a star beam; you see it – the effect is achieved by mixing sensory experiences, and it takes a great deal of imagination. As Sam finds, it’s hard at first, but improves with exercise. They can't see themselves in the mirror, so they don't know how beautiful they are. But no one can see them but you and me. The central themes of bullying, friendship and difference are not so unusual, but the remarkable use of poetic forms, perfectly matched to the mood of each story section, has a profound effect. Encourage students to visit somewhere local to them and with which they are already very familiar – perhaps a park, shopping centre or churchyard – and describe it as Davey might, by combining imaginative use of their senses with the most creative language they can generate. Davey, or 'Fizzy Feet', is a new boy. Everyone hates him. He has holes in his jumper, and strange ideas fill his mind. Sam, the school bully, makes fun of him. He dislikes Davey at least as much as everyone else until Davey saves his life by pulling him from in front of a speeding vehicle. The two soon become friends.

Despite his Mum’s insistence, Sam doesn’t want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey’s a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day he saves Sam’s life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it’s just the two of them, he is a lot of fun.This book came as a recommendation from a year four teacher. It did not disappoint. The poems are really well thought through and demonstrate different types of poems clearly. There are also morals which are touched upon within this story such as forgiveness and about bullying. The Angel of Nitshill Road by Anne Fine – another story of bullying and difference, but this time with a savvy saviour… Almost everyone gets bullied at some point in their life–so if this is happening to your child, they are not alone. Many scenes in the book lend themselves to exploration through dramatic reconstruction, or even just freeze-framing. Try a conscience corridor/ decision alley to examine Sam’s decision not to chase after Davey in Chapter 11:

Narrated in verse, Cloud Busting, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (age 6-8 category), is an exploration of an unlikely friendship between two very different boys. Sam is the Class Bully and he makes Davey, who is imaginative, instinctive - a born poet, in fact - the Class Idiot. But gradually a close relationship develops between them as Davey opens Sam's eyes to a whole new world: one that is alive with words, rhythm, music and colour, and the boys become Best Friends - but only in secret.I liked that the book was written like a poem - it is different from the other books that I usually read. The story in the book was ok but not as interesting or exciting as some of the other books that I have read as part of the reading challenge. Davey is the new boy in class and Sam can't stand him. He thinks Davey is a Grade A moron. But when the two are thrown together Sam discovers that Davey's eccentric way of looking at the world makes life a lot more fun. Until the day something terrible happens... Take a look at some of our favourite children's poetry books - perfect for use in the poetry-friendly classroom. As a class, children will discuss what they know, and what they can infer, about the main characters based on their reading so far. In their independent activities, they will rewrite the 'fizzy feet' scene from Davey's point of view. In the alternative activity provided, children are challenged to gather appropriate words and phrases to write a haiku about Davey. A really interesting book as it is all written in various forms of poetry. This would make a wonderful book to discuss in class and use as inspiration for creating poetry or writing stories with unusual formats.

This text follows the relationship of Sam and Davey, where they have a complex friendship. The text considers themes such as friendship and kindness, but also of bullying. It also considers issues such as allergies and could help children to recognise the seriousness of allergies and also raise awareness on what to do if someone suffers from a reaction, as I feel there will always be at least one child in a school who may require an epi-pen. I wonder how it feels to be so full of light, so full of joy, and yet so small when compared to the sky. Finally, if children do feel profoundly moved by this tale, ask them how they are going to bring the book, or its issues, to other people’s attention. Despite his mum’s insistence, Sam doesn’t want to be friends with Davey. He thinks Davey is a first-class, grade A, top-of-the-dung-heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam’s life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit that when it’s just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey. The poetry style of the book takes you by surprise at the beginning and offers a different structure to the story and really breaks the chapters down into different almost unique stories of their own. I think this alternative style of story structure just makes the book even more special. My favourite part of the book is when we get to really experience the way that Davey sees the world through the intense descriptions he offers to Sam, this progresses throughout the book and allows us to experience this alternate perception of reality along with them.

Readers experience the narrator’s perspective in a sensory way that is hard to imagine being achieved in any other form. Education Shed Ltd, Severn House, Severn Bridge, Riverside North, Bewdley, Worcestershire, UK, DY12 1AB At the start of this lesson, children will discuss the secret shared by Davey and the promise made by Sam at the end of the last chapter they read together, as well as their predictions for what might happen next. This is a fantastic story about friendship and how fractuous it can be as peer pressure begins to become a larger part of a child's life, all told in various poetry styles. Although the subject matter is a bit gloomy, ultimately it is a story with a positive message and you will feel optimistic when you finish the book. drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence

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