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Senses Poem - KS1 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 KS1 will create their own poem based on the senses. The model texts follow a pattern and a writing scaffold is included to support pupils to write in a similar style.

The resources are based around the theme of places and events but could be adapted to a theme of your choice to link with a current topic or your class’s interests. There is an opportunity to revisit or teach plural nouns and adding the suffix -ful to create adjectives

This resource includes:

Senses poem model text: My Party
This model text includes a poem that describes a party using the senses.

Senses poem model text: The Zoo
This model text includes a poem that describes a zoo visit using the senses.

Senses poem writing sheet
This contains success criteria for writing a poem based on the senses as well as examples of words ending in -s and -es and words ending in the suffix -ful.

Image cards
A set of images showing different places or events that could inspire pupils to write their own poems.

Senses poem planning sheet
This worksheet allows pupils to note ideas about the place or event that they are writing about, using their five senses.

Writing scaffolds
A worksheet that includes sentence starts for each line to the poem to support writing. Two versions are available, with a different final line on each version.

Themed writing paper
The writing paper can be used for pupils to present their work.

What are the five senses?

All humans have five basic senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch and these are taught as part of the science curriculum in year 1.

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.
Pupils should be taught to add prefixes and suffixes: using the spelling rule for adding -s or -es ...

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 add suffixes to spell longer words, including -ment, -ness, -ful, -less, -ly

  • Senses poem model text: My Party
  • Senses poem model text: The Zoo
  • Senses poem writing sheet
  • Image cards
  • Senses poem planning sheet
  • Writing scaffolds
  • Themed writing paper
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