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Pie Corbett’s magical poem and teaching notes

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Model text and teaching notes

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Years 3-6


Master alliteration, similes, and personification – and add a dash of extra wizardry – with Pie Corbett’s original verse…

This is a sequence of sessions that builds towards writing a magical poem. In my poem (included in the download), When I blew the magic dust, there is a distinct pattern that involves using basic poetry techniques in a playful manner.

  • The first verse is a list of animals, using alliteration.
  • The second verse is a list of things we can see, using personification.
  • The third verse is a list of things found in nature, using ‘like’ similes.
  • The fourth verse is a list of things, using ‘as’ similes.
  • The final verse explains what the writer did once the magic dust had settled.

You could complete a number of short-burst pieces of writing across a week to practise these skills and prepare for the final challenge.

Pie’s latest collection, Catalysts, has over 130 model poems (‘A book full of magic and wonder’ – Poetry Roundabout). Get your copy at

Pie Corbett’s magical poem and teaching notes

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