This text based, 5 session English planning, contrasts several poems written about the moon as a female character. These are used as models to create their own poem describing the moon’s appearance, movement and setting. A range of poetry techniques are explored throughout.

All aspects of poetry from the National curriculum in reading, spoken language and writing composition will be covered across the full set Au1-Su2.

National curriculum skills for this unit:

Spoken language:

  • Listen and respond
  • Build vocabulary
  • Speak audibly and fluently
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates

Reading comprehension:

  • Identify themes and conventions
  • Make comparisons
  • Learn poetry by heart
  • Prepare poems and plays for performance
  • Explore the meaning of words in context
  • Identify how language structure and presentation contribute to meaning

Writing composition:

  • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research
  • Enhance meaning through selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary
  • Describe settings, characters and atmosphere
  • Propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning
  • Perform own compositions using appropriate intonation, volume and movement

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the Au2 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found in: I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree selected by Fiona Waters