In this text based, 5 session English planning, pupils study the language used in the poem and learn part of it. They compare it with similar poems by A.A. Milne. Using word-play and the senses, pupils imagine they had a beak of their own and even another nose! There are opportunities to discuss differences and uniqueness.

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
  • Use spoken language: speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates

Reading comprehension:

  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrase
  • Learn to appreciate rhymes and poems
  • Discuss word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
  • Explain clearly understanding of what is read to them

Writing composition:

  • Say out loud what is going to be written about
  • Re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense
  • Discuss what has been written with the teacher or other pupils

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the Sp1 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found in:

Step Back in Time: A Poetry Anthology collated by The Literacy Company (included with the poetry unit)