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

  • To discuss 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
  • To write a simple nonsense poem through the technique of repetition and juxtaposition of unlikely phrases
Anthony Wilson

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Inclusion: 'The Boneyard Rap' by Wes Magee

  • To play with sounds and actions in a poem
  • To explore ways of performing a poem
  • To find different ways to convey the atmosphere of a poem
Carolyn Purslow

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Lesson on 'Granny Is' by Valerie Bloom

  • To discuss the way the poem uses simple metaphors to describe the character and personality of 'Granny'
  • To make a poem using  metaphorical descriptions of a family member
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... >