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Limericks – KS2 Writing Features Challenge Mat Worksheets

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These bright and engaging worksheets encourage children to revise and practise the standard features needed when writing limericks.

The sheets offer five different challenges, under the headings understand, explain, challenge, test and apply. These can be completed during a single lesson, spread over a number of sessions, or used for homework. The questions encourage creative responses as well as revision, and use interesting images to spark children’s imaginations.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand
    Can you add missing words to these limericks?
  • Explain
    These limericks need fixing. Can you fix each one?
  • Challenge
    Can you complete these limericks? You might find the wordbank provided helpful.
  • Test
    Look at these short pieces of writing. Rewrite each one so that it is a limerick.
  • Apply
    Choose two of the images provided. For each of your chosen pictures, write a limerick.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • Listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
  • Recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry
  • Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by writing poetry
  • Recognise some different forms of poetry


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