‘Welcome’ by Stephanie Boase

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Little children,

To this vast, brown land.

Come and share the beauty

We’ve come to understand.


There are no boarder fences here,

Only the sea surrounds.

The air is fresh.

The sky is clear.

No bombs or rubble mounds.


You are not alone

In coming from afar.

Many of us, too

Have sought this

Southern Star.


Come join us,

Little children!

Come, play in the sun.


Little children,

For we are all as one!

‘Paper Boats’ by June Perkins



Paper boats conjure dreams

of petals soaked by

scents of the



Traveling boats

float in shadows


who have a simple hope

for happy lands,


but white markers sink

in sandy earth

marking graves of people

who cannot resist new germs.


‘Once watched paper boats,’

paternal grandfather says

in Vietnamese

but nobody understands


No translators here.


So shadow puppets dance

for petals

falling from kumquat boughs.


(c) June Perkins


Creative Commons Flickr Geson Ratnow





Refugee Week

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This week is Refugee Week. Enjoy and please share the poems on this theme.

Please continue to send in any poems to:



Have a look at the link below for a Haiku opportunity:

Announcement: Forthcoming AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String 2018



And today’s quote:

“Carl August Sandburg was a Swedish-American poet, writer, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln” (Wiki)

’Slurpie’ by Jeanie Axton

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Slurpie the dog
Loves his smoothies
His tongue goes wild
His lips are groovy
He guzzles and gulps
Drinking real fast
This isn’t a drink
That was made to last
Green for goodness
Sugar for pop
No spilling here
Not one drop
Slurping and licking
Black eyes bright
Slurpie the dog
Filled with delight

‘The Snooze’ by Monty Edwards

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The Snooze

When Dad’s at the seashore,

This bit he likes best:

After all the swimming,

Take a well-earned rest.

Once lunch is completed, 

This is what he’ll choose:

Lying on his towel,

He will have a snooze.


Soaking up the sunshine,

Lying on the beach,

Seeking for a suntan,

Drink within his reach

How long he will lie there

None of us can guess.

Asked if he’s still snoozing

He just mumbles:”Yes”. 


We return to swimming, 

Wait for him to come,

When it doesn’t happen,

We send back our Mum.

Suddenly Mum wakes him: 

“Dave, you’re getting hot!

You look like a lobster,

Lifted from the pot!”

Monty Edwards


Monty says: “I considered calling the poem “Redback!”, but in order not to confuse, chose “The Snooze”. Although the poem ends as above, one or both the following verses may be added for didactic purposes.”


Dad forgot to sunscreen: 

Didn’t slip, slop, slap;

Left his head uncovered:

Didn’t wear his cap.

Now his back is blistered,

Face is sore and red, 

He will struggle sleeping

Even in his bed.


We all learnt a lesson

On the beach that day,

Sunshine is a blessing 

When you want to play, 

But the sun can hurt you,

If you don’t take care

Best to have protection

With you everywhere.

‘Let’s Pretend’ by Elizabeth Mary Cummings with Teacher Notes

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Let’s Pretend


I am so popular, I’m so in

I always have the next best thing!


You can see how good I am, it’s up to me

How in with the it-crowd you will be.


Always sure and what’s more, not scared one bit

For I know, I am a wonder, a big hit!


Never failing, never losing  and never unsure

Do you believe me? Okay, I’ll stop now and lie no more.


Alone – taken from Green Striped Hoodie sample thumbnails by Johanna Roberts

Possible discussion questions:
What is the writer telling us in verse one and two?
Do you think the writer feels they are popular?
What makes someone popular?
Does the writer believe that the being with the in crowd will make them happy?
Why do you think this?
Get the children in pairs to rewrite poem as CLOZE then to pair up and share their cloze version with another group – each group have to fill in gaps as they see fit and then compare to original and discuss meaning.
Draw/paint/model – something thats scares you.
Share these (for those comfortable sharing) in class/group and discuss as a group how to conquer fears.

‘Living spaghetti’ by James Aitchison

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Living spaghetti


Wriggle wriggle, squirm squirm,

Here comes a nice long worm.

Like spaghetti come to life,

What a busy earthworm!


Watch it slide and slither,

Oops, it’s in a dither.

Pick it up now if you dare,

Dangle it in the air.


Wriggle wriggle, squirm squirm,

Thank you, thank you, earthworm!

You let our soil grow good things,

Such a helpful earthworm!


James Aitchison

‘Body Chemistry’ by Celia Berrell

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Body Chemistry 

Our bodies perform 

lots of chemistry tricks

to break down our food 

into useable bits.


We also have microbes 

inside us to aid

with eating the chemistry 

soups we have made.


These frothy reactions 

will bubble and pass

some carbon dioxide 

and nitrogen gas


which tries to get out 

of our digestive parts

by causing our bodies 

to make lots of farts.


Those microbes make 

hydrogen sulphide as well.

A gas we all know 

by its terrible smell.


It’s not what we’ve eaten

or what we might drink

but mostly those microbes

that make our farts stink!


first published in Scientriffic #71 January 2011

Prompt #16 #WithRefugees

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Refugee week is coming up and the theme this year is:


Can you write a poem that especially helps and welcomes refugee children coming to our country.

Please send prompt poems and any other poems to:


Please continue to send in 2-3 poems in a word document with a paragraph about what you are doing in 2018 for our July spotlight.



And today’s quote: