Listen to our performance “Please Mrs Butler”

This week, Robins have been looking at the poem “Please Mrs Butler” by Allan Ahlberg. Before hearing the poem, the class discussed typical questions and conversations heard in class. Then Robins listened to an audio recording of the poet reading his poem which everyone found very amusing. They discussed how he used tone and expression to portray how the teacher and pupil felt. Additionally, they looked at repetition, rhyme and the layout of the poem.

In pairs, children read the poem to practise their “teacher” and “pupil” voices. They all performed in front of the rest class which was really entertaining. Finally, as a whole class Robins recited the poem. The boys spoke in unison (as the pupil) and the girls spoke in unison (as the teacher, Mrs Butler). We hope you enjoy our recording!

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps copying my work, Miss.
What shall I do?

Go and sit in the hall, dear.
Go and sit in the sink.
Take your books on the roof, my lamb.
Do whatever you think.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps taking my rubber, Miss.
What shall I do?

Keep it in your hand, dear.
Hide it up your vest.
Swallow it if you like, love.
Do what you think best.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps calling me rude names, Miss.
What shall I do?

Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear.
Run away to sea.
Do whatever you can, my flower.
But don’t ask me

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