In this text based, 5 session English planning, pupils write, illustrate and present 5-line cinquain poems. They find language features in the poem by Kipling and analyse model cinquains, reciting in groups and developing their ideas through letter writing and list poems.

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
  • Speak audibly and fluently
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates

Reading comprehension:

  • Prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and perform
  • Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • Explain meaning of words in context
  • 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
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • 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 Sp1 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit are included with the resources