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KS2 English lesson plan – Use a perfectly performed poem to see creativity flourish

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2-page PDF lesson plan

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Years 3-6


It’s a sad fact that, in our increasingly overloaded curriculum, poetry has become the poor relation of our English education.

It’s all too often associated with end-of-term card-making activities, or worse, viewed by the pupils as a form of torture, as they desperately seek for something to rhyme with orange (it’s sporange, by the way).

But when used effectively, poetry is a brilliant way to develop narrative writing skills and an understanding of the impact words can have.

One of the most potent pieces of poetry that I have ever used in a primary school setting is ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare; high-quality poetry, inspiring narrative writing, and not a tenuous rhyme in sight!

Today you will…

  • Vary sentence structures
  • Make careful word choices to have an impact on the reader
  • Establish a narrative atmosphere

Find more ideas for National Poetry Day here.

KS2 English lesson plan – Use a perfectly performed poem to see creativity flourish

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