This text based 5 session English planning uses a variety of poems linked to farmyard animals inspire pupils to learn about repetition and rhyme. In this unit, pupils add labels to farmyard pictures and use drama to develop language, particularly that of prepositions.

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

EYFS skills for this unit based on Development Matters:

Communication & Language:

  • Understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important
  • Use new vocabulary throughout the day
  • Describe events in some detail
  • Begin to use talk to help work out problems and organise thinking and activities, explain how things work and why they might happen
  • Learn rhymes poems and songs
  • Listen carefully to rhyme and songs paying close attention to how they sound


  • Blend sounds into words so that they can read short words
  • Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them
  • Read simple phrases and sentences made up of words with known letter-sound correspondence and, where necessary, a few exception words

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the Sp2 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found in:

I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year edited by Fiona Waters

Other poems used in the unit available online

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Wriggle and Roar by Julia Donaldson

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

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