Poetry

English Year 5 Spring Poems on a Theme

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Using the classic Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, develop children’s mastery of descriptive language, teach relative clauses and parenthesis and write own poems.

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

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introduction to T.S. Eliot’s Cats Poems
(suggested as 5 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
The Naming of Cats (in resources)
The Old Gumbie Cat (in resources)

Optional Texts
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and Axel Scheffler, Faber and Faber

Websites
The Naming of Cats from www.YouTube.com
The Old Gumbie Cat from www.YouTube.com
Cats the Musical from www.YouTube.com

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Pronouns, relative pronouns and relative clauses
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Poems
Old Deuteronomy (in resources)

Optional Texts
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and Axel Scheffler, Faber and Faber

Presentations
SPAG PowerPoint: Pronouns, relative pronouns and relative clauses

Composition
Unit 3 Composition: Read Eliot’s poems and use as writing stimuli
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Poems
Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot (in resources)
The Rum Tum Tugger by T.S. Eliot (in resources)

Optional Texts
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and Axel Scheffler, Faber and Faber
Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot, illustrated by Arthur Robins

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Parenthesis: Commas, dashes and brackets
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Poems
Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat by T.S. Eliot (in resources)

Optional Texts
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and Axel Scheffler, Faber and Faber
Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat by T.S. Eliot, illustrated by Arthur Robins

Presentations
SPAG PowerPoint: Parenthesis: Commas, Brackets and Dashes

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Write poems based on those read in ‘Practical Cats’
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and Axel Scheffler, Faber and Faber