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Year 4 English – W/B 22nd June 2020

This week we will be looking at poetry. Have a discussion, what is poetry? What styles of poems are there? Do you like poetry? Why? Before you start these lessons, why not take some time to research some poems, find a couple that you really like – This might give you some ideas for when you come to write your own.

Lesson 1

Today we are going to look at Nonsense Poetry.

Watch the video below. What do you think of the poem? Do you like it? Why? What do you notice about the way it is written? Are there any patterns?



Your task will be to see if you can add a verse of your own to the poem, or if you really want to show off, maybe a few verses! Look at the rhyming pattern, can you make yours rhyme too? Remember it’s a nonsense poem so can be as random and ridiculous as you want!


Lesson 2 & 3

For the next two lessons we will be looking at simile poems. What is a simile? Can you give some examples of some similes – The sky was as blue as….

There is a similes PowerPoint that gives examples of similes and explains how you can create your own. From this the children can have a go at completing the similes tasks that is attached.




Your task will then be to create your own simile – It can be about whoever or whatever you like, a family member, a pet, your favourite sport, a moment in time, anything you like. You may want to try and make it rhyme, but you don’t have too, it is completely up to you. To finish it you may want to draw a picture that represents what you have been describing.


Lesson 4 & 5

In the next two lessons we are going to be looking at shape poems, these are poems about a certain subject and the presented in a way so that it looks like the subject you are talking about. For example a poem about fireworks, may be written in a firework shape.

For your shape poem we would like you to think about metaphors and onomatopoeias, there is a PowerPoint and worksheet attached to remind you of what these are. You may wish you use some of the examples from the sheet in your poem.