Day 1 Teaching
Using The Torch, The Witches’ Brew and Picnic on the M25, children discuss performance poems and features of different types, using terms such as rhythm, rhyme, free verse, structured etc.
Children practise reading a poem and then work on one verse to perform it. The class then jointly perform the poem.
Day 2 Teaching
Children read two poems, Cool Cat and My Nephew, which use informal and conversational language. They discuss the difference between informal language and vocabulary and Standard English.
Children write a conversational poem about a meal time – either at home or at school. They make this humorous, incorporating features of the poems read.
Day 3 Teaching
Using I’m Not a Kid, children remind themselves of the features of performance poems. They then consider what they are ‘not’ and use this to discuss and identify negative prefixes: in-, im-, il- and ir-. Spelling patterns using these are highlighted and synonyms for the root words are generated.
Children write a poem using two or more negative prefixes. They then learn a related spelling list for homework.
Day 4 Teaching
Children re-read The Torch and then read together The Ssssnake Hotel. They revise features and discuss the effects of irregular or regular rhythm or rhyming patterns.
Children work in a group to read a poem chosen from Leisure Centre Pleasure Centre, The Ssssnake Hotel and Visit to Yalding. They work together to answer comprehension questions.