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Senses Poem - KS2 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 KS2 will write a poem based on the senses. This type of poem does not have a rhyming pattern but the model texts include similes to describe.

The resources are based around the theme of earthquakes and volcanoes 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 similes.

This resource includes:

Senses poem model text: Tremors
This model text is a poem that describes an earthquake using the senses and similes.

Senses poem model text: Lava
This model text is a poem that describes lava from a volcano using the senses and similes.

Senses poem writing sheet
This contains success criteria for writing poem based on the senses as well as examples of similes.

Senses poem planning sheet
This worksheet allows pupils to note ideas for a poem that uses the five senses and similes.

Writing scaffold
A worksheet that includes sentence starts for each line to the poem to support writing.

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

National Curriculum English programme of study links:

Year 5/6
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.

  • Senses poem model text: Lava
  • Senses poem model text: Tremors
  • Senses poem writing sheet
  • Senses poem planning sheet
  • Writing scaffold
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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