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Poetry - List Poems - KS1 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 KS1 will explore list poems, reading an example around the theme of dreams before writing their own dream list poem.

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 - Dreaming
List poem success criteria writing sheet: a PDF containing success criteria that pupils can use to support their writing as well as examples of adjectives that could be used to describe colour, size, texture etc.
List poem ideas sheet: a PDF for pupils to record ideas, words and phrases for their own list poems.
List poem writing plan: a worksheet to support pupils to plan and structure their writing, asking them to draw or write eight ideas for their own list poem about dreams.
Themed writing paper: PDF sheets that pupils could use to present their work.

What is a list poem?

A list poem is a simple poem that lists ideas around a theme. It does not have to follow any rhyme or rhythmic pattern so is an excellent way to introduce younger children to writing poetry.

National Curriculum English programme of study links:

Year 1
Pupils should develop a pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by listening to and discussing a wide range of poems…
Pupils should be taught to write sentences by saying out loud what they will write about and composing sentences orally before writing.

Year 2
Pupils should develop a pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of classic and contemporary poetry…
Pupils should be taught to develop positive attitudes and stamina for writing by writing poetry.
Pupils should learn how to use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify.

  • Model text - Dreaming
  • List poem success criteria writing sheet
  • List poem ideas sheet
  • List poem writing plan
  • Themed writing paper
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