In this text based, 5 session English planning, pupils read, compare and explore the vocabulary in a range of poems on the theme of countryside and nature. Pupils develop an appreciation of the details in the natural world. They investigate literal descriptions and personification, using these techniques to create their compositions.

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:

  • Build vocabulary
  • Use spoken language: speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints

Reading comprehension:

  • Read and discuss a wide range of texts
  • Identify and discuss themes and conventions
  • Learn poetry by heart
  • Prepare poems and plays for performance
  • Participate in discussion about books
  • Explain and discuss understanding of reading

Writing composition:

  • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing
  • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research
  • Enhance meaning through selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary
  • Describe settings, characters and atmosphere
  • Perform own compositions using appropriate intonation, volume and movement

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

Poems for this unit are included in the unit or can be found online.

Some of them can also be found in the following poetry anthologies:

The Barefoot Book of Earth Poems complied by Judith Nicholls and I am the seed that grows the tree: A nature poem for every day of the year edited by Fiona Waters