Poetry

English Year 3 Summer Poems on a Theme

Animal Poems

Use animal poems to stimulate discussion and analysis. Study description, expanded noun phrases and adverbs. Use them in writing poems about endangered animals.

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

Core
Unit 1 Core: Read a variety of poems, compare and analyse features
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential Texts
Animal Poems compiled by Jennifer Curry

Poems
(All in resources)
Mother doesn't want a dog by Judith Viorst
Black Cat by Suzanne Elvidge
Claws by Tony Langham
Additional poems (see resources)

SPAG
Unit 2 SPaG: Tense: present and past progressive and perfect form
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Poems
(All in resources)
Night Prowler by Jennifer Curry
The Fox's Foray by Anonymous

Useful Texts
Animal Poems by Jennifer Curry

Websites
For Day 1: Urban foxes from www.YouTube.com.
For Day 2: Friendship with a fox from www.bbc.co.uk.

Presentations
SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Reading animal poems, comparing and creating an anthology
(suggested as 5 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential Texts
Animal Poems compiled by Jennifer Curry

Poems
Message for the Mosquito who shares my bedroom by Pie Corbett
Pelican Pelican by Celia Warren
Escapades by Michaela Morgan
The Sloth by Colin West
Iguana by Paul Cookson
Mice by Rose Fyleman
Additional poems (see resources)

Websites
For Day 1: Make a simple book from www.YouTube.com.

SPAG
Unit 4 SPaG: Identifying and using adverbs to modify verbs and adjectives
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Poems
(All in resources)
The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sheep in Winter by John Clare
Rabbit Poem by Pamela Mordecai
Additional poems in resources

Useful Texts
Animal Poems compiled by Jennifer Curry

Websites
For Day 1: Secret Life of Farm Animals - cows from www.bbc.co.uk
For Day 3: Secret Life of Farm Animals - rabbit from www.bbc.co.uk

Presentation
SPaG powerpoint: Adverbs and how to use them

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Reading animal poems; writing a poem based on those read
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential Texts
Animal Poems by Jennifer Curry

Poems
The Whale's Hymn by Brian Patten (see resources)
Additional poems (see resources)