In this text based, 5 session English planning, there is a focus on the development of language, in particular verbs and the use of hyperbole. Art and drama are used to encourage pupils to explore ideas about their own family sayings. They use humour to write their own version of a modelled poem.

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
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
  • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listeners

Reading comprehension:

  • Prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and perform
  • Show understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Ask questions to improve understanding of a text
  • Identify how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning

Writing composition:

  • Plan writing by discussing the structure, vocabulary and grammar of similar writing
  • Discuss and record ideas
  • Propose changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • Read aloud own writing using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the Au1 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found in: Quick, Let’s get Out of Here by Michael Rosen or are available online