Day 1 Teaching
Share mystery objects (see teacher’s notes) and then read ‘The Words of Poems’ (see resources). Make links to objects in poem – they are all metaphors for poetry. Revise poetry terms, including metaphor, define and list for reference (see resources for a list).
Children read a selection of poems in ability groups, discussing meaning, features and choosing one to recommend to the class.
Easy: ‘Don’t be Scared’; ‘A Matter of Holes’; ‘Sir Autumn’
Medium: ‘Sir Autumn’; ‘The Satyr's Head’; ‘The language of cat’
Hard: ‘The Satyr's Head’; ‘The language of cat’; ‘Daffodils’
Day 2 Teaching
Display & reread ‘A Matter of Holes’ by Grace Nichols on Resource PowerPoint (slide 2), discussing impact. Use the PowerPoint: Nouns and noun phrases (see resources, slides 3-7) to explore conveying complicated information concisely. Discuss other subjects which could be observed closely (See PowerPoint, slide 8 for prompts: connections, tangles, patterns, shadows etc.)
In pairs, children choose a subject and observe carefully, making notes. They then use their notes to create expanded noun phrases based on observations.
Day 3 Teaching
Share ‘Personal Helicon’ by Seamus Heaney (see resources). Pick out powerful techniques: alliteration, powerful verbs/ adjectives, rhyme, expanded noun phrases etc. Model using this poem to scaffold a new poem about yesterday’s observations (see resources).
Children work individually or with a partner (who has the same focus) to write a poem in the style of ‘Personal Helicon’. They use their expanded noun phrases from last session and use some of the techniques discussed in the input. Provide a simplified scaffold (see resources) for most children to support their writing.