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Primary English - Poetry Texts KS1

Looking for poems on certain themes? Or material to inspire poetry writing? Here is a collection of poetry texts, together with ideas on how to use them in lessons.

The Poetry Station

  • The Poetry Station is a vibrant online library of poems on video, often read by the authors, including Benjamin Zephaniah and Michael Rosen. Many of the texts are for older children, but it’s useful for younger pupils to watch the poems performed and brought to life.

Senses Poems

  • A collection of poems about the senses. Particularly useful for a YR or Y1 topic on ‘ourselves’.

Pattern and Rhyme Poem

  • Aimed at Y1, this is a poem with the lines jumbled up for pupils to arrange into rhyming couplets, identifying the rhyming word. The original poem ‘Jump or Jiggle’ by Evelyn Beyer is included in full as well.

The Magic Box

  • An illustrated PowerPoint of Kit Wright’s poem.

Acrostic Poems

  • Three acrostic poems on a powerpoint presentation. Click to reveal each line of the poem. Can the children guess what the subject is before all the initial letters are revealed?

Silly Stuff Poetry

  • Plans relating to Y2 literacy unit. Includes nursery rhyme texts for pupils to play around with and change the wording.

Poem Worksheets

  • Four poems on different themes for the children to change and make up an alternative. Suitable for years 1 and 2.

Senses Poems

  • Smart notebook versions of some Oxford Reading Tree poems, including one on the senses called “I like” (which is very simple and easy to make up actions for) and a smells poem.

Minibeast Poems

  • A collection of 16 poems, all about minibeasts.

Minibeast Poems

  • A blog site to share your poems, including some great ones on minibeasts.

Seed Story poem

  • Judith Nicholls’ poem “A seedy story”, about a seed growing.

‘The River’ poem by Valerie Bloom

  • The text in the Notebook version is on a variety of coloured backgrounds with river and stream images, ranging from calm and settled to rough and turbulent.

Poetry: Using the Senses

  • Three weekly plans outlining the lessons with worksheets and resources included. The poems include ‘I went to the Zoo’, ‘I went to the Fair’ and ‘Soup’.


  • Planning sheets and lessons for writing riddles, including lots of examples.

Firework Rocket poem

  • The poem itself is shaped like a rocket. It could be used to support children in making their own visual poetry or, with such interesting onomatopoeia, could be used as a performance piece (adding actions, sounds, etc).

Yr 1/2 The Sea

  • This delightful plan explores the wonders of the sea through a wide range of poems. Several poetry texts are included in the Pupil document.

Yr 1/2 Pattern and Rhyme

  • A lesson to stimulate pupils to write patterned poems, to use onomatopoeia and to produce rhyming couplets. Poetry texts are found in the Pupil document.

Yr 2 Stars

  • This Unit begins with a story about catching a star, which is used as a starting point for reading and writing descriptive poems on the theme of stars and the moon. Poetry texts are found in the Pupil document.

The Forecast Says Snow

  • This poem by Roger Hurn, demonstrates how a poet chooses words carefully to craft a poem.

My Mum

  • This poem by Roger Hurn has been specially written for Mother’s Day. It can be used as part of an assembly celebrating Mother’s Day or as a model for children to write their own Mother’s Day poem

Space Poetry

  • Poems around the theme of Space are found in the Pupil document. The presentation introduces the topic.


  • A tutorial with several examples of poetic composition. Features the poem ‘All in a Week’.

Yr 1 Weather Poems

  • A range of poetry structures is identified through examples of poetry written on the theme of weather. Children consider the effect of patterned language, imagery and rhyme.

Silly Dinosaur Poems

  • Powerpoint containing two poems that can be used for the Silly Stuff poetry unit in Year 2.

Mother’s Day Performance Poems and Songs

  • The poem ‘Homebaked Mum’ reads like a rhyming recipe.

‘The Blue Shalwar’

  • An illustrated copy of the poem with a ‘poem map’ to help children learn it. It would link well to a topic on India and Pakistan.

The Dancing Bear

  • This poem is a stimulus for discussion about the ethical treatment of animals.

Poetry Class Assembly Script

  • A script for an assembly on poetry. The whole script is written in rhyming couplets and covers onomatopoeia, rhyme and alliteration.

Poems to inspire reading

  • A selection of poems about books, stories and reading. Useful for motivating pupils and for display.

10 Things Found in a Wizard’s Pocket

  • An imaginative poem to stimulate children to write their own versions.

Writing Poetry

  • A series of well-known poems and rhymes blown up to a large font to be used in Shared Reading sessions. Includes ‘Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar’, ‘This Is The Key To The Castle’, ‘Lost and Found’, ‘Snow Joke’ and ‘The House That Jack Built’.

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