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Nothing gives children the opportunity to play with language and express their individuality like poetry – so we’ve selected some of our favourite resources and activities for you to share with pupils of all ages this October. From powerful podcasts with Michael Rosen and Benjamin Zephaniah, to explorations of classic poems and writing packs for a range of poetry text types… we’re sure you’ll find plenty here to inspire your class!
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Michael Rosen – possibly one of the nation’s most-loved poets and authors – shares some of his best writing tips with listeners, and also talks about his latest collection of poetry, ‘On the Move’, and why the topic of migration is so powerful for him.
Poet, playwright, author, musician and performer Benjamin Zephaniah explains how and why he writes, discusses the historical truth behind his latest novel, Windrush Child, and has some powerful advice for children struggling to find their voice, and make it heard…
This poetry pack, based around the classic poem ‘An Emerald Is As Green As Grass’ by Christina Rossetti, contains lesson ideas that could be completed over a series of five sessions for Year 1 and Year 2.
This resource gives pupils the opportunity to write an acrostic poem, based on the theme of friends. Classes can also discuss friendships and what makes a good friend, linked to Relationships Education.
Using this resource pack, pupils in KS1 will explore list poems, reading an example around the theme of dreams before writing their own dream list poem.
This poetry pack, based around the classic poem ‘The Eagle’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Pupils will explore the author’s use of language, including figurative language, and how this is used to describe. They will identify examples of adjectives, similes, personification and alliteration.
This poetry pack, based around the classic nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carol. Pupils will explore the author’s use of language, exploring what the nonsense words used could mean and also their word class, which will aid their understanding of the poem.
This Shakespeare KS2 resource encourages children in Years 5 and 6 to investigate two of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets – looking at themes and structure – before composing their own poems. William Shakespeare was a master wordsmith and his plays contain language that we still use today.
Using this resource pack, pupils in KS2 will explore haikus, reading examples and exploring their structure before writing their own around the theme of nature.
Using this resource pack, pupils in KS2 will explore kennings, reading examples and exploring their structure before writing their own around, using the themes from the model texts or inspiration from your current class topic.
This resource focuses on acrostic poems, using abstract nouns which show feelings and emotions to create the themes for writing.
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