Poetry

English Year 2 Summer Poetic Language

Really Looking at Birds

Using a wide range of poems about birds, look at poetic language and imagery. Learn favourite poems off by heart. Study noun phrases; use correct punctuation in writing about poems.

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

Core
Unit 1 Core: Read poems and appreciate poetic language and imagery
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
(All in resources)
The Day of the Gulls by Jennifer Curry
Little Trotty Wagtail by John Clare
To the Cuckoo by William Wordsworth
Additional poems (see resources)

Weblinks
How birds use their wings from www.bbc.co.uk

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG Understand and use noun phrases in writing description
(suggested as 4 days)

You Will Need

Poems
Bird poetry (in resources)

Presentations
SPaG – PowerPoint on Noun Phrases

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Read and compare poems; learn poems by heart and recite these
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
(All in Resources)
A Bird by Emily Dickinson
Little Robin Red Breast by Anon
Time to Rise by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ducks Ditty by Kenneth Grahame

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG Use correct sentence punctuation: capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas
(suggested as 3 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
(All in Resources)
The Starlings by Jesper Svenbro
Owl by Pie Corbett
Owl on the Nursery Window Sill by Katherine Gallagher

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Plan and write a poem based on Tennyson’s Eagle
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (see resources)