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Limericks - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Writing poetry allows pupils to explore and develop their use of language. Using this resource pack, pupils in KS2 will explore limericks, learning about their rhyme and rhythm, by reading examples, including some written by the classic poet, Edward Lear. Pupils will have the opportunity to write their own limericks after discussing and noting their ideas.

What is a limerick?
A limerick is a short rhyming poem with five lines. Lines 1,2 and 5 must rhyme and lines 3 and 4 rhyme; a rhyme scheme often described as AABBA.
A limerick also has a ‘bouncy’ rhythm that makes it fun to read.

This resource includes:

  • Limerick model text 1: Limericks by Edward Lear - six limericks written by the poet
  • Limerick model text 2: Limericks - this includes four additional limericks
  • Limerick writing sheet - this contains success criteria for writing limericks including an explanation of their rhythm and examples of words that rhyme
  • Limerick ideas sheet - a PDF sheet where pupils can collect a range of ideas for their own limericks
  • Limerick planning sheet - this worksheet allows pupils to note and develop ideas for their limericks
  • Themed writing paper - the writing paper can be used for pupils to present their work

National Curriculum English programme of study links:

Year 3/4
Pupils should recognise some different forms of poetry.
Pupils should plan their writing by discussing similar writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.

Year 5 /6
Pupils should discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader.
Pupils should plan their writing by identifying the audience and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.

  • Limerick model text 1: Limericks by Edward Lear
  • Limerick model text 2: Limericks
  • Limerick writing sheet
  • Limerick ideas sheet
  • Limerick planning sheet
  • Themed writing paper
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