Forestdale Primary School

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Week 7


Lesson 1 - LI: To identify themes in a poem and practise a performance.

1. Read the poem: I am a writer

• Read the poem, ‘I am a writer’. Read it in your head first and then try reading it out loud. What rhythms and patterns can you hear when you read it aloud?

• Choose your favourite three images from the poem. Why do you like these images in particular?

2. Reflect on the poem

• Read the Reflection Prompts and think about your answers for each.

• Write a reflection on the poem, by writing some of your answers as sentences.

3. Prepare a performance

• Watch the poet Joseph Coelho talk about how to perform a poem.


This is really brilliant – you may want to watch it more than once!

• Make notes about Joseph Coelho’s tips.

• Practise a performance of ‘I am a writer’

Now read the poem to someone else in your home. Try to use expression to make your poem engaging.


Lesson 2 – To use expanded noun phrases within a poem.

1. Read the poem ‘Golden Time’

• ‘Golden Time’ is another poem by Joseph Coelho. Read it in your head first and then read it out loud.

• Use the Reflection Prompts to help you think about the poem.

Read the questions and think about your answers to each one.

2. Revise Noun Phrases

• Use the Revision Card to remind you about Noun Phrases.

• Read the poem, ‘Red Ruby Rings’.

• Complete Expanded Noun Phrases, spotting and writing how nouns in the poem have been expanded.

When you have finished show what you have found to a grown-up. Show them where in the poem you found the expanded noun phrases and show them the head noun in each one.

3. Prepare a performance of one of the poems.

• Read Preparing to Perform. If you didn’t watch it yesterday, watch


It is really amazing!

• Choose either of the poems and practise a performance of it.

Can you learn any lines off-by-heart?


Lesson 3 – To draft a poem including expanded noun phrases.

1. Make up some noun-phrases about a favourite place

• Think of a place that you love to be. It can be indoors or outdoors. Write it in the middle of a sheet of paper.

• Try to think of six or more things that this place is for you. Why is it special? Look at Bedroom Example for ideas.

• Write each of your images as a descriptive expanded noun phrase.

2. Make notes about playing with words

• Watch a video of Joseph Coelho explaining about playing with words.

• Make notes about some of his ideas. They will be useful to you when you are writing your poem.


3. Now for some writing

• Follow the stages on Developing a Poem.

• When you have a poem, write it out carefully.


Lesson 4 – LI: To write a balanced argument.

Read the Newspaper Article: Pupils Protest Over New Uniform Rules.

• Write notes about the article, to answer the questions Who, When, Where, What and Why.

2. Revise using commas to separate clauses or phrases

• Use the Revision Card to remind you about using commas to separate phrase and clauses.

• Complete For and Against School Uniform 1 and 2, practising using commas to separate phrase or clauses.

3. Now for some writing

• Read the Writing Brief and try writing two paragraphs: one to argue for school uniform and one to argue against it.


Lesson 5 – LI: To use commas appropriately in an argument.

1. Read ‘Uniform Examples’

• Read about the three different school uniforms.

• Which of these uniforms would you prefer to wear? Why?

2. Revise Commas in Lists

• Use the Revision Card to remind you about using commas to separate items in lists.

• Complete Commas in Lists, practising separating items using commas.

3. Now for some writing.

• Read the Writing Brief.

• Imagine and write about a school uniform that you have designed.


Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark