Monster poems KS2 – Invent fantastical beasts with Pie Corbett

What's included?

PDF featuring original poetry and activity ideas, plus Powerpoint featuring the poetry

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Use this monster poems KS2 pack from Pie Corbett to help children to indulge their natural relish for the gloriously grim.

‘Monsters’ makes a great theme for artwork, dance, music, stories and of course poetry. It lends itself to looking at stories about mythological creatures as well as creating new, fantastical beasts.


All three poems featured in this download would lend themselves to dramatic performance, especially as they rhyme. This might be enhanced by adding scary music as a background or by using rhythmic sound effects, such as body percussion and chime bars.


The alphabet poem could be turned into a gruesome alphabet book, complete with illustrations. Use resource books and the internet to compile a list of monsters, then present them using a simple rhyming pattern such as the rhyming couplets that Pie Corbett has adopted.

A is for alligator, loose in the sewer,
B is for boggart, clutching
a skewer,
Cis for cat burglar, chasing a cat,
Dis for Dragon, now how about that

This might be easiest if children work in pairs, splitting the alphabet in half. Encourage pupils to chant their couplets aloud and to listen for the rhythm.

Use the same tactic to create a list of tasty snacks for a particular monster. Use real foods as Pie has done, or invent all sorts of weird things. For instance, an Iron Man might eat:

Bicycle pedals and handles of steel,
Silvery mudguards and a broken wheel,
Shiny bonnets and a metal door,
The roof of a lorry and an iron floor….

Monster poems KS2 download contains:

  • PDF of activity ideas
  • Three exclusive poems
  • PowerPoint versions of poems

More KS2 poetry resources

KS2 poems resources

Inspire KS2 pupils to be creative and express themselves with this exclusive collection of Pie Corbett poetry resources. You can also browse even more KS2 poems resources.

Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written over 200 books. He is also known for promoting creative approaches in the classroom and has experience as a teacher, headteacher and Ofsted inspector. Follow him on Twitter at @PieCorbett.

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