Progression and text types support in Poetry

With its inherent emphasis on creative use of language and apparent opportunities for brevity or grammatical freedom, poetry may seem to be the easy option for young writers but it can be a difficult text type for children to engage with. A rich reading repertoire of quality texts reveals for children that writing even the most simple poems can present compositional choices requiring authorial knowledge, understanding and skill.

The typical features and conventions of these common poetry text types are explained in more detail in the 'About poetry text types' section:

  • free verse
  • visual poems
  • structured poems.

Following the text type overviews, 'Achieving progression in Poetry' describes what progression might look like, and illustrates how you can support children’s development within and between Key Stages 1 and 2.