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This week, I would like you all to have a go at some poetry. You will find the sequence of work I would like you to complete below. If you would like to share your work with me at the end of the week (which I would love to see!) please email it to and write 'For Miss Pitman' as the subject. 


Performance Poetry


Over the week, I would like you to create some Performance Poetry. What is that you ask? Performance poetry is written to be read aloud to audiences and have an entertaining aspect to them. I would like you to use some traditional fairy tales to help guide your performance poetry. Have a look at these great examples below (John Agard is one of my favourite poets).

Little Red Riding Hood:

Goldilocks on CCTV:


Day 1 Teaching
Discuss why fairy tales make such good sources for performance poetry.

Make a list of tales and discuss how these could be adapted to create a performance poem with a twist. 


Discuss ideas and make notes on the sheet below for how you might develop poetry ideas around a range of tales. Choose their favourite idea - this is the one you will base your performance poetry off.


Think which character's may be the 'baddies'? What crazy events could happen to them?


Task 2
Now, you can begin to draft your poem.

Think about some of the decisions you need to make before starting. Look at the models to see how to start drafting the poem once these have been decided on.

Begin drafting your poem; focusing on language choice for impact and how your narrative (story) will be twisted. Don't worry about making your poem rhyme - that would be really tricky!


Task 3
Think about the features of a good performance poem and particularly focusing on sound features (how the poem sounds to those listening to it being read). Share your work with your parents and ask them where they think improvements could be made.

Complete your draft and read them through to assess how good they sound aloud so far. There are listed steps attached to help you to work through your poem. Look at the different features and then tackling them one at a time.


You can use this point to edit words and phrases to either 1) uplevel them 2) make the poem even more twisted! 


Task 4
Share your finished poem with your family and discuss the possible reaction from the characters in the poem. 

Email it to me!  ('Miss Pitman' as the subject). 

Task 2-4 teaching materials are all included in this PDF. Apologies for the layout - I had to delete and edit certain parts so it did not format very well.



This week I am challenging you to read 4 different types of texts.


These can be books, blogs, newspaper articles, magazine articles, a play script, a brochure, a leaflet, a letter, instructions, a debate .... ANYTHING! It can be either non-fiction or fiction.


I would then like you to pick your favourite piece of text and then review it:

  • What are the features of that text type? You might have to do a little research on this.
  • Who are the audience (who has it been written for)?
  • What is the purpose of the text?
  • Why was it your favourite?
  • How does it compare to the other text types? e.g. it was written using informal language.



60-Second Reads


These 60-second reads provide short texts for children to read. The questions are designed to target the specific skills expected in Year 6.

- Summarising

- Inference

- Retrieval

- Predicting

- Vocabulary

- Author Intent

- Commentating


An answer sheet is provided on the second page of each PDF. Pick the reads that you think you may be interested in.