In this text based, 5 session English planning, pupils use the night sky as inspiration to write a shared class alphabet poem. They add their own verse to a moonlight senses poem and make an imaginative ‘starry list’ verse for display, using -ed verbs.

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:

  • Ask relevant questions
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations
  • Speak audibly and fluently

Reading comprehension:

  • Discuss word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
  • Draw on what they already know
  • Check that the text makes sense
  • Participate in discussion about what has been read to them

Writing composition:

  • Compose a sentence orally before writing it
  • Discuss what has been written with the teacher or other pupils
  • Read aloud their writing clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the Su1 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found in:

The Barefoot Book of Earth Poems ed. Judith Nicholls