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The Gift of Reading: A Big Help Out resource

Added 05 May 2023

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What is the Big Help Out?

The Big Help Out will be taking place on Monday 8 May. It is a national movement to encourage volunteering in your local community to mark His Majesty the King’s Coronation.

To celebrate the Big Help Out and the hundreds of National Literacy Trust volunteers across the country, we have commissioned a poem from Joseph Coelho, the Children’s Laureate.

Read Joseph Coelho's Big Help Out poem

Using our resource

Be inspired by Joseph Coelho and explore our school resource, designed to help students reflect on the importance of helping others through poetry.

This free 60-minute learning sequence has been designed to help students reflect on the importance of helping others, through poetry. A series of freewriting exercises and reflective writing activities will guide students on a learning journey, which culminates in the composition of a poem.

The learning sequence is aimed at Key Stage 2 students and can be delivered as part of the English or PSHE curricula (Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World, Shared Responsibilities, Communities, Economic Wellbeing).

Learning objectives:

  • I can reflect on the importance of having compassion towards others and understand the shared responsibilities we all have for caring for others and living things.
  • I can think of ways to show care and concern for others.
  • I can write a poem about helping and caring for others.
Download the resource Find out more about the Big Help Out

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