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Poetry KS2 – 19 of the best resources and worksheets for Year 3-6

Improve primary pupils' poetry writing and comprehension skills with our selection of resources, lessons, activities and more...

  • Poetry KS2 – 19 of the best resources and worksheets for Year 3-6

1 | Poetry model text resource packs

This selection of Real Writing poetry resources use model texts as the jumping off point to cover a variety of subjects.

Click the links below to check them out.

2 | Five poets read their poems

Looking into this year’s theme, we wanted to know how thinking about ‘truth’ might inspire a poet – so we filmed five of your pupils’ favourites reading a piece of their own work with a connection to the theme, and talking about some of the ideas behind it.

Here you can watch videos of Karl Nova, Michael Rosen, Rachel Rooney, Victoria Adukwei Bulley and Joseph Coelho reading their poems, and you can also download the full text of the poems, and suggestions for teaching and learning activities related to each one.

You’ll find all this here.

3 | Pie Corbett poetry lessons

Each of these Pie Corbett resources features original poems based around a theme, and accompanying activities.

Download all of the following poetry lessons from Pie:

Check out all of our exclusive Pie Corbett resources here.

4 | War poetry KS2

Created for Remembrance Day, explore World War One poetry to help Year 6 pupils understand what life was like on the frontline.

This Plazoom resource pack includes information about Remembrance Day and why the poppy is used as a symbol for remembrance before exploring the poem Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.

Pupils will then write their own narratives about life in the trenches, using ideas and vocabulary from Wilfred Owen’s poem.

Find all this here.

5 | Joseph Coelho resources and advice

Writing poetry can act as a release valve, allowing trapped feelings to escape, says poet Joseph Coelho.

In this article he tells you how, and there are also links to resources to help you on your way.

Read his advice here.

6 | A poem a day

Want to expose children to the amazing language of nearly 2,000 different poems? Start by reading just one a day.

That’s the advice from Tre Christopher and Pet Henshaw who explain here why and how you can do this, what poems you should try and what resources will help.

Check it out here.

7 | Write spooky sound poems inspired by Neil Gaiman

Getting children to write great poetry can sometimes be a bit hit and miss, but if they are given a clear framework and a fun hook, it can be a really rewarding experience.

This lesson shows how a well-known poem can be combined with a fantastic picture book to offer children a language rich stimulus that will enable them to write their own successful piece of poetry.

Get this resource here.

8 | LKS2 ‘The Eagle’ poetry lesson pack

This poetry pack, based around the classic poem ‘The Eagle’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, contains lesson ideas that could be completed over a series of five sessions for Year 3 and Year 4.

Pupils will explore the author’s use of language, including figurative language, and how this is used to describe. They will identify examples of adjectives, similes, personification and alliteration.

They will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the poem by completing comprehension activities and, finally, create their own poems.

Give it a look here.

9 | UKS2 ‘Jabberwocky’ poetry lesson pack

And for Year 5 and year 6 we have a similar resource, this time based on Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’.

Pupils will again look at the author’s use of language, exploring what the nonsense words used could mean and also their word class, which will aid their understanding of the poem.

They will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the poem by completing comprehension activities and, finally, create their own nonsense poems.

Find this one here.

10 | Creating imaginative characterisation in poetry lesson

Writing is hard; writing poetry is even harder. You have a lot to think about: structure, rhythm, rhyme and so on. Creating scaffolds for children can help them to really concentrate on the words they are using rather than structure.

In this lesson plan your students are going to take the basic creative structure of a poem and edit it to create a new one.

Through doing this they are going to look at how Michael Rosen’s piece ‘No Breathing in Class’ can be used to teach children how to use characterisation.

Get this resource here.

11 | Bonfire Night acrostic poem resource pack

Explore the sights and sounds of Bonfire Night and fireworks using this acrostic poetry resource.

Pupils can develop their ideas using a model poem and images provided before writing their own acrostic poems on the theme of fireworks, bonfires and bonfire night.

See what’s included here.

12 | Christmas poems

Sticking with a seasonal theme, this ‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ festive writing and poetry resources pack is perfect for Lower KS2.

So keep pupils in Year 3 and year 4 engaged and motivated to write right up until Christmas using our writing pack based on the classic poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.

Pupils will read and perform the poem, exploring new vocabulary and the author’s use of language before writing additional stanzas for the poem in a similar style. Finally, pupils will write their own short poems about Christmas morning, based on the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore.

Check it out here.

13 | How rap can inspire poetry

Did you know ‘rap’ is an acronym? It stands for rhythm and poetry, and it can unlock creativity and inspire a love of words, rhyme and music among children.

Karl Nova, as seen in the video above, wrote this piece for us recently on how hip hop led to his passion for poems.

Check it out here.

14 | Write mischievous poems like Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl took traditional fairy stories and turned them into wonderfully wicked Revolting Rhymes.

With a structured approach, this lesson plan can help your class do the same.

Download it here.

15 | Five ideas to help pupils find the power of poetry

How do you become a good teacher of poetry? Find the poetry that speaks to you, that excites you, that inspires you, and then you do the same for your students, says Louise Johns-Shepherd.

This feature not only offers five great ideas for helping to unlock the joys of poetry, there are also some great links to more resources that you’ll find useful.

Get this resource here.

16 | Performance poetry lesson

There’s neither rhyme nor reason why children should see poems as punishment. Used effectively, it’s a brilliant way to develop narrative writing skills and an understanding of the impact words can have.

This lesson plan uses one of the most potent pieces of poetry you can use in a primary school setting – ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare.

Download it here.

17 | Nature poems and outdoor learning

Explore nature through children’s poetry and creative writing with poet Zaro Weil’s advice on the energising double act of poetry and nature.

Read her advice and download a free PDF of three nature poetry activities to try with your students.

Get this resource here.

18 | Improve children’s writing through poetry

Want to know how to improve children’s writing skills by playing with poetry? Here Jane Andrews shows how experimenting with verse helps children to develop powerful language skills that will shine out in all their writing.

Read her article here.

19 | The Tear Thief book topic

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy imbued this tale of a ghostly character who moves invisibly through the night collecting children’s tears with poetic language and powerful message about emotional truth.

This book topic helps you explore the characters, and look at the metaphors and similes in the text, as well as the way the book uses the language of sound to create atmosphere.

Get this resource here.

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