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Young At Heart ULO Thornaby, Tuesday 4th April 2017

This afternoon we had a very quiet session, with only a small group to work with. Our theme for today was poetry, which excited and terrified the group at the same time. 

We started with our orientation exercises before singing “Getting To Know You” from The King and I. I then explained what an acrostic poem was and gave 2 examples on the whiteboard. An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out the theme of the poem. 

Everyone had their own worksheet, but I suggested they collaborate on poems and share ideas, to reduce pressure on those doubting their abilities and language and spelling skills. Those who needed it also had help from a volunteer with writing and spelling. 

After the group had completed their first acrostic poem on the theme of ‘easter’, we then worked together to complete a mind map about things we associate with spring time, before writing an acrostic poem about springtime using the ideas we had shared, or our own ideas. 

We ended the session with “Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye” by Vera Lynn. 

Next week we will be working with Bauer Academy to deliver a session exploring the use of music for reminiscence. 

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