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Year 3 Poetry Unit 1 – Poems to perform

Poems to perform (1 week)


  • Read and discuss a range of performance poems, identifying distinctive features such as repetition, rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and the use of oral language based on speech.
  • Select a poem with a distinctive pattern and, using this as a framework, model how to construct a poem using the same model and rhythm but with a different subject or focus.
  • Children work in groups to decide on the focus of their poem and gather ideas and possible words and phrases to include. They make use of rhyming dictionaries, either printed or on screen.
  • Groups then rehearse and perform their poems and evaluate each other's contributions.

1998 Framework objectives covered:

Year 3, Term 1: T6 and T7 read aloud and recite poems, comparing different views of the same subject; discuss choice of words and phrases and describe and create impact; distinguish between rhyming and non-rhyming poetry and comment on the impact of layout; T9 generate ideas by thought showering, word association, etc.; T13 collect suitable words and phrases, in order to write poems, design simple patterns with words, use repetitive phrases.

Year 3, Term 2: T11 write new or extended verses for performance based on models of performance and oral poetry read, for example rhythms, repetition.