Day 1 Teaching
Think about the question: What is a locust? Watch a video, read a short article and look at a photograph before reading The Locust. Talk about the images in the poem and the picture that it gives.
Read poems about animals – The Locust; The Magnificent Bull; Lizards. Talk about and then write answers to questions about these poems. Collect favourite words and phrases.
Day 2 Teaching
Read What is Pink? by Christina Rossetti, noticing and discussing its poetic features. Read and discuss Hollyhocks by Judith Green, another poem with imagery about colours.
Use writing briefs based on either What is Pink? or Hollyhocks to write descriptive phrases and sentences. Begin to develop these into poems.
Day 3 Teaching
Watch and talk about a video clip of diving. Write descriptive phrases for each part of the dive. Read and talk about High Dive by James Kirkup, identifying particularly powerful words and phrases.
Write to describe a slow-motion video of ball juggling or another movement. Read and talk about Boy Juggling a Soccer Ball by Christopher Merrill, comparing it with the children’s writing. Continue to collect and record favourite phrases.
Day 4 Teaching
Look at four images and talk about how they might be used in a poem. See how they are used in City Lights by Margaret Greaves. Look for the poetic features of this poem. Read Hedgehog Hiding at Harvest by Helen Dunmore discussing its most effective phrases.
Talk about and write answers about the poetic features of these two night-time poems. Read and talk about a third poem, The Frozen Man by Kit Wright. Collect further favourite phrases and compare collections with others.