In this text-based, 5 session English planning, a wide variety of poems are explored linking to the theme of the sea. Pupils experiment with personification and learn a range of descriptive techniques. They use a map of the world to plan events for a poetic sea journey.

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
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations
  • 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:

  • Read and discuss a wide range of texts
  • Identify and discuss themes and conventions
  • Learn poetry by heart
  • Prepare poems and plays 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
  • Describe settings, characters and atmosphere
  • Propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning
  • Use consistent and correct tense
  •  Perform own compositions using appropriate intonation, volume and movement

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

All poems for this unit can be found in: I Am the Seed that Grows the Tree: A nature poem for every day of the year edited by Fiona Waters.

The supporting texts for the units of work can be purchased at Peters Ltd at 30% off the RRP price of the books*:
Please contact Oonagh Towse 07815 557646
Or, place your order online using discount code ‘LITCO30’ Click here for details
*You will receive 30% discount off the RRP on the vast majority of books ordered for the Pathways to Read and Pathways to Write programmes. Items excluded from this offer: book packs, plus short discount items (a small number of academic titles, big books, and audio titles). This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion.