Age 5-7

Lesson plans with ideas and activities for the youngest school-age children, exploring words, sounds and meanings. Lots of collaboration, shared writing and enjoyment.

Lesson on 'The news' by Michael Rosen

By the end of the lesson the pupils will have: discussed the nature of nonsense poetry and how it turns what we think of as everyday life and language upside down to create new and strange meanings; written a simple nonsense poem through the technique of repetition and juxtaposition of unlikely phrases. Anthony Wilson

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Inclusion: 'Boneyard rap' by Wes Magee

All pupils will... pre-empt sounds or actions in a familiar poem. Some pupils will... explore the sounds their body can make. A few pupils will... find different ways to convey the atmosphere of the poem.

Carolyn Purslow

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Lesson on 'Granny is' by Valerie Bloom

By the end of the lesson the pupils will have:

  • discussed the way the poem uses simple metaphors to describe the character and personality of 'Granny';
  • made a poem using their own metaphorical descriptions of a grandmother.
Anthony Wilson

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Daljit Nagra

From time to time a poet is in residence at the Poetry Archive, talking about poetry with anyone who wants to join in the conversation.

Comic Verse

I'm troubled, as you can tell by my introduction, about comic verse. Comic verse gets bad press because rigid notions of comedy foreground throwaway poems. Surely the best comedy is when the poem surprises us into laughter rather than setting up t... >