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Poetry: Kennings – 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 kennings, reading examples and exploring their structure before writing their own around, using the themes from the model texts or inspiration from your current class topic.

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 - Which Animal Am I?
  • Model text 2 - The Romans
  • Kennings success criteria writing sheet: a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing. It includes examples of suffixes used when writing kennings.
  • Kenning ideas sheet: a PDF for pupils to record ideas, words and phrases for their own kennings.
  • Kenning writing plan: a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing.
  • Themed writing paper: A PDF sheet that pupils could use to present their work.

What is a kenning?

A kenning is a figure of speech used in poetry that was often used in Anglo-Saxon and Norse poems. It describes something familiar, without mentioning its name. A kenning is usually written as a list, with each line containing two words that are usually joined by a hyphen (eg, bone-cruncher, noise-maker) and follow the pattern noun + verb or noun + noun.

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 hyphens can be used to avoid ambiguity.

  • Model text 1 - Which Animal Am I?
  • Model text 2 - The Romans
  • Kennings success criteria writing sheet
  • Kenning ideas sheet
  • Kenning writing plan
  • Themed writing paper
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