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Onomatopoeia: KS1 Bonfire Night Poetry Resources Pack

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Describe the sounds of fireworks though poetry. Introduce pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 to onomatopoeia, exploring the sounds that fireworks make using the model poem ‘Firework Song’. They can use their knowledge of phonics to read and spell words, finally creating their own poems using the sounds that fireworks make.

This resource pack could be used over a morning as part of a topic day on fireworks, or it could be used over a series of English lessons.

This KS1 resource pack includes:

  • Model Poem ‘Firework Song’
    This is used to inspire writing and can be used as a model for pupils to base their own writing upon.
  • Firework image cards
    Printable images to inspire pupils’ creativity.
  • Firework sounds word cards
    Printable word cards to be displayed in the classroom for pupils to use when writing. They can also be used to practise blending skills, applying their phonic knowledge when reading.
  • Firework sounds word mat
    For pupils to use when writing.
  • Firework themed writing paper
    A beautifully designed sheet that pupils could use to present their writing.
  • Teaching Slides
    These can be used to guide pupils through the activities and prompt discussion.
  • Teacher’s Notes
    Guidance on how to use the resource is given, divided into three smaller activities. Additional activities are also suggested.

What is onomatopoeia?

Onomatopoeia describes when a word sounds like the thing to which it refers. Each onomatopoeic word is like an imitation of the noise it describes. It is one of a number of poetic techniques with which children should be familiar by the end of KS2.

Examples of onomatopoeia

  • Bang
  • Clang
  • Thump
  • Roar
  • Hiss
  • Buzz
  • Smash
  • Crash
  • Click
  • Boom
  • Cough
  • Gargle

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • to apply phonics knowledge as a route to read and spell words.
  • to link what they read or hear to their own experiences
  • to write poetry

  • Model poem - 'Firework Song'
  • Firework image cards
  • Firework Sounds word cards
  • Firework Sounds word mat
  • Themed writing paper
  • PowerPoint
  • Teacher notes
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