A Creative Approach to Teaching Rhythm and Rhyme is a book about using words, sounds, echoes, patterns and rhythm in the primary classroom. It is a book about hearing the poems found in football chants, nursery rhymes, radio jingles, TV adverts, raps and tabloid headlines. Most importantly, it is a book about celebrating the music of everyday speech.
This is a practical guide for primary teachers to develop pupils' speaking and listening skills - their use of anticipation and memory and their ability to enjoy language and participate in its common music. It features practical warm-up sessions, games, models, templates and examples to help pupils to become readers, writers and confident speakers through the lively practice of rhythm and rhyme.
Andy has taught poetry in over 400 schools across the UK (also in Paris, Connecticut, Moscow and Siberia). He has run many CPD days for teachers about using rhythm and rhyme in the classroom. Some of his poems were used in the CBeebies series Poetry Pie (2009). He has written or edited over 80 books. His poetry collections include Nowhere Special, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter, Ghost Writer, Sticky, Three Men on the Metro (with W.N. Herbert and Paul Summers) and Nineteen Forty-eight (with Martin Rowson).