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Poetry: Haikus – KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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Poetry gives pupils the opportunity to explore and develop their use of language. 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.

World Poetry Day is on the 21st March and this resource pack provides materials to read, write and celebrate poetry.

This resource includes:

  • Model text 1 – Mud / The Mighty Oak.
  • Model text 2 – Grandma’s Garden
  • Haiku writing sheet: a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing. It includes examples of adjectives, precise nouns and synonyms that pupils could use in their own writing.
  • Haiku ideas sheet: a PDF for pupils to record ideas, words and phrases that they could use in their own Haikus.
  • Haiku writing plan: a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.
  • Writing paper: A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work

What is a haiku?

A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry with three lines that follow a set syllable pattern. The first and third lines must have five syllables, the second line must have seven. Many haikus are written around themes of the seasons, weather or things from nature.

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 draft and write by selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.
  • Pupils should know how words are related by meaning as synonyms and antonyms.

  • Model text 1 - Mud/The Mighty Oak
  • Model text 2 - Grandma's Garden
  • Haiku success criteria writing sheet
  • Haiku ideas sheet
  • Haiku writing plans
  • Writing paper
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