Forestdale Primary School

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mention                                    many

minute                                      mind

natural                                      money

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Lesson 1


LI: read and compare descriptive poems


- Read Sun is Laughing and The Sun by Grace Nichols. How have they used personification and metaphor to describe the weather?

- Read Frost by Valerie Bloom. How the poet describes frost? Is this effective? How is this description different from Grace Nichols’s?

- How the poem create a story to explain the weather?

- Use ‘Frost’ as a model to create your own poem describing a kind of weather (e.g. falling leaves, wind, snow, hailstones, rainbow, fog, heatwave). The story can be turned into a free verse poem, if you would like to.


Lesson 2


LI: read and understand the language of a poem


- Have a look at ‘Garden Shed’ by James Carter and reread the poem.

- Highlight repeated phrases. What effect does the repetition have? Are the words exactly the same or slightly varied?

- Highlight rhyming words in a different colour. What effect does the rhyming have? Is there a pattern to the rhyming?

- Have a look at the plain text version on ‘Shape poem’. Is the pattern clearer now?

- Do you prefer the shape version of the poem or the plain version? Why?

- Imagine your head is like a garden shed, but you have to tidy it up! You’re allowed to keep only:

  • one thing you’ve seen
  • one thing you’ve said
  • one thing you’ve done
  • one thing you’ve read.

- Choose four precious memories to keep then write down your additions to your own version of ‘Garden Shed’.

- Challenge – children can think to compare their mind to something similar to a garden shed and create their own poem.


Lesson 3


LI: create a poem


- Look over all of the poems we have been reading today. Which poem did you enjoy (or enjoy writing) most? Why?

- Think about the subjects of the poems: the sea, people working outdoors, seasons, animals – did they do a good job in describing these?

- Choose one of the poems as a model to write an individual, non-rhyming poem about an animal or an outdoor scene.

- Mind Map descriptive vocabulary for their chosen subjects so you can use this in your poetry.

- Create the first drafts of your poem, using their descriptive words and the model poems they are following.

- Encourage children to read their poems to themselves so they can hear what their poem will sound like.


Lesson 4


LI: edit and evaluate


Children will edit and evaluate their poem they created yesterday using the success criteria below. If they have managed to include what is in the success criteria in their writing, they can highlight it. If they have nothing to highlight, they need to add it in to make their poem even better.


Success criteria:

- Organise our poetry into stanzas

- Similes

- Metaphors

- Personification

- Repetition

- Alliteration


Lesson 5


LI: create a poem


Write a good copy of your final poem with all the changes you have made. Share it with someone in your house!


Awards we have received so far.

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