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KS2 ‘Feelings and Emotions’ Acrostic Poems Resource Pack

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During KS2, pupils should read and write a variety of styles of poetry. This resource focuses on acrostic poems, using abstract nouns which show feelings and emotions to create the themes for writing.

Pupils can discuss feelings and emotions, and how it is normal to feel a range of these, covering aspects of primary statutory guidance for Health Education.

This primary resource pack includes:

  • Abstract nouns word mat
    A selection of words like ‘beauty’, ‘truth’, ‘freedom’ and ‘love’ to help children with their poems
  • Acrostic poem examples
    Three examples of acrostic poems based on feelings and emotions
  • Planning sheet
    For children to write down ideas for their poems
  • Acrostic poem writing sheets
    Templates for writing acrostic poems on things like ‘fear’ and ‘love’, as well as blank lined and unlined sheets
  • Teacher’s notes

What is an acrostic poem?

An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word or phrase, which is typically the subject of the poem.

Usually those letters would be bigger or bolder or coloured in some way so you can easily see the word and spot that it is an acrostic poem.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • to say out loud what they are going to write about
  • to write poetry
  • compose and rehearse sentences orally, building a varied and rich vocabulary …
  • to select appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning

  • Teacher notes
  • Example poems
  • Planning sheet
  • Abstract nouns word mat
  • Writing sheet
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