Back to School: New Class Poem

PRIMARY back to school activities for meeting a new class.

This is a great one-off literacy activity and a wonderful teamwork project to help your new class work together to make a class poem. In this getting to know you activity pupils work together to create a new class poem using the letters in the name of their class.

The pack contains a Powerpoint lesson, teacher instructions and pupil resources - everything you need for this fun poetry lesson, including icebreaker games and a mini class performance at the end.

The activity allows pupils to bond as they make a class poem that spells out the name of their new class. The session is based around Edward Lear’s ‘Alphabet Poem’ and the activities include suggestions for adapting the lesson for different ages and abilities across KS1 or KS2.

This resource is structured in the following way:

  1. Fun teamwork activities and games including name games, a classroom hunt activity, a paper-chain race and ‘Find Someone Who’ bingo.
  2. A poetry time activity following the lesson Powerpoint to help the class to become familiar with Edward Lear’s ‘Alphabet Poem’. There are different options to adapt this for different age groups.
  3. A group activity in which pupils create their own stanzas for the alphabet poem, using the letters that spell out your class name or their new teacher’s name.
  4. A whole class performance of the new poem.

Ideal for the first week back!

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The resource contains 2 PDF files and 1 PPT. Please note that due to terms of use in the images, the Powerpoint file is not editable.

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  • OurClassPoemKs2History.pptx
  • Our-Class-Poem-Resources_KS2history.pdf
  • Our-Class-Poem--Teacher-Instructions_KS2History.pdf

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Created: May 13, 2017

Updated: Aug 23, 2019


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pdf, 7 MB


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