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The Department for Education website includes lots of information on teaching poetry. Click on the easy links below to save you navigating the whole page.

An apology: Until recently, the links below were hosted on the National Strategies website, but were then moved, so we apologise if you have been directed to generic pages, hopefully the issue is now solved!

Poetry types

Year 1:

Unit 1 – Using the Senses

Unit 2 – Pattern and Rhyme

Unit 3 – Poems on a Theme

Good examples of PET POEMS from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’ for Year 1:

Kiki, Part-time Pets, The Wild Hamster, Last In The Pet Shop

Good examples of FOOD POEMS from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’ for Year 1:

Tentacles And Chips, The Banana Family, Ham, Egg and Chips

Years 2:

Unit 1 – Patterns on the Page

Good examples of PATTERNED POEMS from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’ for Year 2:

When Brian Eats His Breakfast, School Newsletter, Biscuit Girl, Uh Oh, Gymnaccident, My Little Brother Loves Dinosaurs, Whatever Happened To The Lollipop Lady?

Unit 2 – Silly Stuff

Good examples of SILLY POEMS and other humorous texts that play with language from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’:

The Banana Family, School Newsletter, Where’s That Homework?, Ham, Egg And Chips

Year 3:

Unit 1 – Poems to Perform

Good examples of performance poems from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’ for Year 3:

Biscuit Girl, Anger, My Mum Yelled At Me This Morning, The Register, Disa-Beard, Is It Me?, Mood For Mischief, Uh Oh, Tentacles And Chips

Unit 2 – Shape poetry and Calligrams

Unit 3 – Language Play

Good examples from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’:

Where’s That Homework?, Ham, Egg and Chips, I’m Not Good At Anything, Tentacles And Chips

Year 4:

Unit 1 – Creating Images

Good examples of appropriate poems from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’:

The Hunter, Part-time Pets

Unit 2 – Exploring Form

Good examples of PERFORMANCE POEMS from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’ for Year 4:

Biscuit Girl, Anger, My Mum Yelled At Me This Morning, The Register, Disa-Beard, Is It Me?, Mood For Mischief, Uh Oh, Yes Miss Mason, Part-time Pets, Midnight Feast, Tentacles And Chips

Year 5:

Unit 1 – Poetic Style

Good examples from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’:

My Mum Yelled At Me This Morning, Yes Miss Mason, Ham, Egg And Chips

Unit 2 – Classic / Narration Poems

A good example here is 'The Highwayman'.

Unit 3 – Choral and Performance

Good examples of PERFORMANCE POEMS from ‘Poems, Beans and Chips!’:

Biscuit Girl, Anger, My Mum Yelled At Me This Morning, The Register, Disa-Beard, Is It Me?, Mood For Mischief, Uh Oh, Yes Miss Mason, Part-time Pets, Midnight Feast, Tentacles And Chips

Year 6:

Unit 1 – The Power of Imagery

Unit 2 – Finding a Voice

Y6 Additional Text-based units - 'Sensational!' by Roger McGough

Further Reading

There are lots of brilliant classic children’s poems that can be accessed on-line. Here are just a few.

Alligator Pie

The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

I Eat My Peas with Honey

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