In this, Sedgwick's latest book, he aims to help all those involved with children and their learning through poem-writing improve their practice. He argues that through poetry, children can learn about the whole curriculum, including history and science.
The book begins with an introduction outlining the importance of poetry, and defining it. It discusses poetry in terms of children's learning and the imagination. Case studies are used to show how children learn about themselves - first, their bodies, and second, their thoughts and emotions - through the writing of poetry. Using many examples of childrens work he considers how children learn about their environment and the relationship between themselves and their environment. Finally, he discusses his techniques for getting children to write and provides recommendations for further reading.
Fred Sedgwick is a freelance lecturer and writer specialising in children's writing, art and personal, social and moral education and has been described as 'the nearest thing I've seen to the Pied Piper'. Previously a headteacher in primary schools for 16 years, he has published books of poetry for both children and adults.

chapter |17 pages

Introduction: A constant possibility of ‘Eureka!'

Poetry as a means of learning

part |38 pages

Part I

chapter |11 pages


Most precious words

chapter |9 pages

‘I see me In her eye'

Learning about the body

chapter |16 pages

‘In the silences'

Learning more about living

part |11 pages

An interlude

part |45 pages

Part II

chapter |4 pages


A fresh look at the world

chapter |11 pages

Martians, Riddles and Snapshots

chapter |25 pages

‘The dragging of dead thrushes'

Writing about nature

part |42 pages

Part III

chapter |5 pages


Me and the rest of the world

chapter |12 pages

Death and other obsessions

chapter |5 pages

‘The stamping rocks and the squeaking birds'


chapter |6 pages

‘Where do you come from?'

The humanities

chapter |12 pages

‘You are the beautiful snow that falls in Nebraska'

Writing about love

part |19 pages

Part IV

chapter |17 pages

Children responding to poems