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Week 5 English (w/c 20th April)

Week 5: Poetry


Thank you to all of you who sent me your Tongo Lizard work. I have been so impressed with them! Some of you went absolutely above and beyond with your work so well done to you all.


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. Again, if you would like to share your work with me at the end of the week (which I 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.

Day 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.

Day 2 Teaching
Today, you will 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.


Day 3 Teaching
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.


Day 4 Teaching
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).