In this text based, 5 session English planning, word play and puns are explored through a variety of engaging animal poetry. Pupils research their own animals, creating nonsense words of their own. They think about techniques to make their poem ‘ear-catching’, focusing on adjectives, alliteration and subordination.

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

Reading comprehension:

  • Learn poetry by heart
  • Prepare poems for performance
  • Check sense, discuss understanding and explore meaning of words in context
  • Identify how language structure and presentation contribute to meaning
  • Evaluate authors’ language choice

Writing composition:

  • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research
  • Enhance meaning through selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary
  • Propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning
  • Perform own compositions using appropriate intonation, volume and movement

For schools that use Pathways to Write, this unit aligns with the summer 2 set 1 unit.

Poems for this unit can be found online and in: The Works Anthology (Red) by Paul Cookson.

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