Poetry

English Year 4 Autumn Poems on a Theme

Raining Cats and Dogs

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Explore poems about dogs and cats. Investigate form and language and make comparisons. Write a poem from the point of view of a pet.

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

Core
Unit 1 Core: Form, structure and language in poems
(suggested as 2 days)

With TA or Tutor

These materials are for a TA or Tutor to use with a small group of children or one child.

They support the learning in class in this unit.

Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.

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Back to Lockdown?

If your class or school is having to close for a while, these materials provide a home dimension as well as a clear route map outlining what to teach online, and what to practise at home.

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You Will Need

Poems
Storm by Roger McGough (see resources)
I Did Not Eat the Goldfish by Roger Stevens (see resources)
Mother Doesn't Want a Dog by Judith Viorst (see resources)
The Poem Cat by Erica Jong (see resources)

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Identifying/using pronouns and possessives, including apostrophes
(suggested as 3 days)

With TA or Tutor

These materials are for a TA or Tutor to use with a small group of children or one child.

They support the learning in class in this unit.

Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.

Coming soon!


Back to Lockdown?

If your class or school is having to close for a while, these materials provide a home dimension as well as a clear route map outlining what to teach online, and what to practise at home.

Coming soon!

You Will Need

Poems
The Blind Dog by Clare Bevan (see resources)
Lone Dog by Irene Rutherford McLeod (see resources)

Presentations
SPAG PowerPoint: Pronouns
SPAG PowerPoint: Apostrophes

Composition
Unit 3 Composition: Comparing two poems
(suggested as 2 days)

With TA or Tutor

These materials are for a TA or Tutor to use with a small group of children or one child.

They support the learning in class in this unit.

Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.

Coming soon!


Back to Lockdown?

If your class or school is having to close for a while, these materials provide a home dimension as well as a clear route map outlining what to teach online, and what to practise at home.

Coming soon!

You Will Need

Poems
Tabby by Grace Nichols (see resources)
My Dog by Vernon Scannell (see resources)

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Rehearsing pronouns; writing dialogue
(suggested as 2 days)

With TA or Tutor

These materials are for a TA or Tutor to use with a small group of children or one child.

They support the learning in class in this unit.

Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.

Coming soon!


Back to Lockdown?

If your class or school is having to close for a while, these materials provide a home dimension as well as a clear route map outlining what to teach online, and what to practise at home.

Coming soon!

You Will Need

Poems
Black Cat by Suzanne Elvidge (see resources)
The Black Cat's Conversation by Elizabeth Jennings (see resources)

Presentations
SPAG PowerPoint: Pronouns
SPAG PowerPoint: Punctuating direct speech

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Poetry appreciation
(suggested as 2 days)

With TA or Tutor

These materials are for a TA or Tutor to use with a small group of children or one child.

They support the learning in class in this unit.

Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.

Coming soon!


Back to Lockdown?

If your class or school is having to close for a while, these materials provide a home dimension as well as a clear route map outlining what to teach online, and what to practise at home.

Coming soon!

You Will Need

Poems
Tomcat by Don Marquis (see resources)

Composition
Unit 6 Creative writing: Write a poem in the style of one read
(suggested as 3 days)

With TA or Tutor

These materials are for a TA or Tutor to use with a small group of children or one child.

They support the learning in class in this unit.

Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.

Coming soon!


Back to Lockdown?

If your class or school is having to close for a while, these materials provide a home dimension as well as a clear route map outlining what to teach online, and what to practise at home.

Coming soon!

You Will Need

Poems
The Kitten at Play by William Wordsworth (see resources)
The Woodman's Dog by William Cowper (see resources)
The Rag Doll to the Heedless Child by David Harsent (see resources)