Poetry

English Year 2 Summer Poems on a Theme

Happy Poems

Using McGough's Happy Poems, children read and write poems about pets, treasures and magic pebbles. Grammar includes apostrophes and features of written standard English.

Start with the core unit to introduce key texts. Then select from comprehension, SPAG and composition units.

Core
Unit 1 Core: Read, enjoy and explore features of poems
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Happy Poems chosen by Roger McGough

Poems
(All in resources)
Tell it to the Dog by Joshua Seigal
Wonderful Worms by Celia Warren
Beetroot by Chrissie Gittins
A Smile by Jez Alborough
The Laughter Forecast by Sue Cowling
The Magic Pebble by Roger McGough
First Morning by John Agard
Additional poem (see resources)

Group Readers
Animal Upsets

Other
Beetroot (uncooked) to show on Day 2
Pebbles – one per child – for Days 3 and 4

Group Readers

Animal Upsets

Children will enjoy reading about the naughty things animals get up to (often without meaning to!). With its simple rhyming pattern this is great text to use when studying poetry and rhyme.

You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Understand and use apostrophes for contractions and possession (singular)
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Texts
Happy Poems chosen by Roger McGough

Poems
(All in resources)
Apostrophes by Roger McGough
In the Tree's Defence by A. F. Harrold
Three Good Things by Jan Dean
Additional Poems (see resources)

Presentations
SPaG PowerPoint: Apostrophes

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Reading and responding to poems and recognising features of poetry
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Happy Poems chosen by Roger McGough

Poems
(All in resources)
Today I Read a Bus Stop by Kathy Henderson
Just a Book by Joshua Seigal
This Poem by Elma Mitchell
Dictionary Bird by Margaret Mahy
The Teacher's Gift by Steve Turner
Additional poems (see resources)

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Understand and use some features of standard English
(suggested as 3 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Happy Poems chosen by Roger McGough

Poems
(All in resources)
Don't by Barrie Wade
The Feeling of Having a Good Day by Joanna Limburg
May You Always by Paul Cookson
Yes by Adrian Mitchell
Snakestranger by Anon

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Writing a list poems about treasures and special feelings
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Happy Poems chosen by Roger McGough

Poems
(All in resources)
Three Good Things by Jan Dean
A Feather from an Angel by Brian Moses
The Cupboard by Walter de la Mare