Poetry

English Year 4 Spring Poetic Forms

List Poems and Kennings

Read and write list poems, including kennings. Explore devices such as simile, alliteration and onomatopoeia. Study word classes: nouns, adjectives, verbs, and expanded noun phrases.

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

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introduction to poetry language and form
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
Younger Brother by Trevor Millum (see resources)
Ten Things Found in a Wizard’s Pocket by Ian McMillan (see resources)
Today, I Feel by Gervase Phinn (see resources)
As, as, as… by Robert Hull (see resources)
Land of the Ocean Noise Anon (see resources)
Squirrel by Celia Warren (see resources)

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Word classes: nouns, adjectives, adverbs
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Poems
Younger Brother by Trevor Millum (see resources)
The Teacher’s Day in Bed by David Orme (see resources)
In the Cave by Sean Forbes (see resources)
Things I Have Been Doing Lately by Allan Ahlberg (see resources)

Presentations
Grammar PowerPoint: Nouns, adjectives and verbs

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Discussing, evaluating and performing poetry
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
Full of Surprises by Paul Cookson (see resources)
River by June Crebbin (see resources)
Hector the Collector by Shel Silverstein (see resources)
Morning by Grace Nichols (see resources)
Pleasant Sounds by John Clare (see resources)
Quiet Things by Sue Cowling (see resources)
Additional poems (see resources)

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Expanded noun phrases
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Poems
All Creatures by Gervase Phinn (see resources)
In the Cave by Sean Forbes (see resources)

Presentations
Grammar PowerPoint: Noun phrases and expanded noun phrases

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Write and publish list poems
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
Inventions I’d Like to See by Douglas Florian (see resources)
Quiet Things by Sue Cowling (see resources)
Additonal poems (see resources)