Literary Christmas Quotes

Primary English Christmas Quotes

In this blog post I share some much-loved quotations from songs, poems and stories on the theme of Christmas.

From the lips of one of my favourite literary heroines, Jo March, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.”

Primary English

Little Women. Artwork Primary English Education.

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A tiny bit of poetry

In a tiny blog post, I muse on the crossover between poetry and music and share a few things I’ve enjoyed listening to recently.

Two things have prompted me to write this blog post. First up, this week I have been mostly enjoying this advertisement on the television:

I love Dr John Cooper Clarke’s poem, the sound of the sea in the line ‘Dishevelled shells and shovelled sands’, the rhymes ‘shrieks, creaks, weeks’ and the repetition of the ‘And that’s where the sea comes in…’ at the end of each stanza echoing the tide repeatedly breaking on the shore. As an inhabitant of landlocked Coventry, this poem makes me yearn for the coast. It isn’t finished yet and you can help Dr John Cooper Clarke finish it by sharing your memories and love of the coast using #lovethecoast. To get an idea of the ideas being shared for this Nation’s Ode to the Coast just click here.

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Christmas poetry


How to make the most of Christmas poetry

Now, we all know about my Christmas addiction  and my love of all things folk. So what about when those two worlds collide? You can only imagine the ‘giddy kipper-ness’ that accompanies one of my favourite Christmas Traditions – going to see Kate Rusby’s Christmas Tour. Not only are Kate and her boys there but at Christmas she invites the Brass Boys along too.

I know what you are thinking, what has this got to do with teaching and poems and stories? A lot actually. Around this time of year with all the distractions of Christmas: the nativity play; Mary having stage fright; the sheep needing a wee and the visit to church many people find themselves finishing off their English teaching with a Christmas poetry unit.

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Let me take you by the hand…


This story, like some of the best in this blog, starts in the seventies. So let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London…..As a child my Dad would sing this song while playing the guitar until, before I could read words or music, I could sing it off by heart alongside him. Music is in my heart, it was planted there by Dad. And for me music is a story, because Dad is a folk loving, twelve bar blues playing man. The songs he sung told tales. Ok, so it put me right off London for a while, but the poetry of a folk song has always stayed with me.  The haunting lyrics (teaching metaphor, anyone?) of Annie’s Song:

You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean

Lyrics I know like the back of my hand, ingrained through years of singing with Dad.

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Video from Primary English

Clips from two guided reading sessions in John Shelton Primary School in Coventry. Rachel is using two of the titles from The Mini Tales Pack with a year 5 and year 6 group of children whilst addressing some key reading objectives.

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