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Poetry Emporium (creative ideas for teachers)

I began my teaching career over 25 years ago and have taught KS2/3 in London & Suffolk primary and middle schools. My resources reflect how passionate I am about teaching poetry. Tried and tested in the classroom, they encourage children to truly express their feelings and ideas with confidence and are fun and accessible to all - often revealing hidden talents which may otherwise have lain dormant. I largely tap into the changing seasons and the school events which accompany them.

I began my teaching career over 25 years ago and have taught KS2/3 in London & Suffolk primary and middle schools. My resources reflect how passionate I am about teaching poetry. Tried and tested in the classroom, they encourage children to truly express their feelings and ideas with confidence and are fun and accessible to all - often revealing hidden talents which may otherwise have lain dormant. I largely tap into the changing seasons and the school events which accompany them.
How to Write a Spring Poem using your Senses KS2  (power point and lesson plan)
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How to Write a Spring Poem using your Senses KS2 (power point and lesson plan)

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This KS2 poetry resource encourages your pupils to use their 5 senses to write a spring poem. It consists of a complete lesson plan - including starter, examples and differentiation - and an accompanying power point. The power point is made up of a series of 25 photographic images focusing on the five senses. The images are designed to generate ideas and inspire children to experiment with words, ideas and feelings through using their senses.
How to write a Y6 Leavers' Poem (Sharing Favourite Primary School Memories)   lesson plan and p pt
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How to write a Y6 Leavers' Poem (Sharing Favourite Primary School Memories) lesson plan and p pt

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This resource enables your pupils to write a highly personalised (and often humorous) leavers’ poem where they are invited to share their primary school memories. Tried-and-tested in the classroom, it consists of a complete lesson plan - including differentiation and examples - and an accompanying power point. The power point contains a set of questions and images designed to help pupils structure their writing and generate ideas which can then be tailored to describe their primary school experience. The children are encouraged to experiment and have fun with ideas and vocabulary choices. Given the limited timespan of a Leavers’ Assembly, Year 6 teachers often find that children - already tired and emotional - end up feeling rushed because they find it hard to share their memories in a succinct way. On the other hand, other children cannot think of anything relevant to say at all! The structured nature of this resource ensures that all children are given the opportunity to share their memories in a concise and meaningful way.
How to Write a Mother's Day Metaphor Poem KS2 upwards  (lesson plan and power point)
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How to Write a Mother's Day Metaphor Poem KS2 upwards (lesson plan and power point)

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With Mother’s Day coming up (31st March in UK), this resource enables your pupils to write a highly personalised (and often humorous) mother’s day poem using metaphors. It consists of a complete lesson plan and an accompanying power point made up of a series of photographic images. Tried and tested in the classroom, the power point contains a set of questions designed to inspire and help pupils generate metaphorical ideas that they can then tailor to describe their mothers. A complete lesson plan including starter, examples and differentiation.
How to Write an Onomatopoeia Poem KS2  (differentiated lesson plan, writing frame and power point)
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How to Write an Onomatopoeia Poem KS2 (differentiated lesson plan, writing frame and power point)

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This poetry resource can be used to teach onomatopoeia to all abilities in KS2 in a fun way. Based around Roger McGough’s ‘Sound Collector’ poem, the children are asked to imagine that the Sound Collector has stolen the sounds from their school. It consists of a complete, differentiated, lesson plan; a writing frame; and a power point with 12 humorous examples to help generate ideas.
How to Write an Autumn Poem using your Senses KS2 (powerpoint and lesson plan)
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How to Write an Autumn Poem using your Senses KS2 (powerpoint and lesson plan)

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This KS2 poetry resource encourages your pupils to use their 5 senses to write an autumn poem. It consists of a complete lesson plan - including starter, examples and differentiation - and an accompanying power point. The power point is made up of a series of 25 photographic images focusing on the 5 senses. The images are designed to generate ideas and inspire children to experiment with words, ideas and feelings through using their senses.
How to Write a 'Snapshot Poem' about a Day in the Life of a School  (lesson plan & PPT) age 7-14
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How to Write a 'Snapshot Poem' about a Day in the Life of a School (lesson plan & PPT) age 7-14

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This resource enables your pupils to write a highly personalised ‘snapshot’ poem entitled ‘Somewhere in Our School Today…’ about a day in the life of their school. Children are encouraged to experiment and have fun with ideas, vocabulary choices, alliteration and collective nouns. For example, when describing what actually goes on in their lessons, they are invited to refer to themselves as: a rhyme of poets; a galaxy of astronomers; a panel of paleontologists or a bunch of botanists etc. Successfully tried-and-tested in the classroom, it consists of a complete lesson plan (including starter, examples and differentiation) and an accompanying power point. The power point contains a series of 14 inspirational slides designed to generate ideas which can then be tailored to describe their school and their lessons. The children have loved writing this poem over the years!
How to Write a Poem for each Season using your Senses  KS2 (4 power points/4 lesson plans)
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How to Write a Poem for each Season using your Senses KS2 (4 power points/4 lesson plans)

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These four KS2 poetry resources encourage your pupils to use their 5 senses to write a poem for each season. Each season consists of a complete lesson plan - including starter, examples and differentiation - and an accompanying power point. The power points are made up of a series of (25 - 31) photographic images focusing on the five senses. The images are designed to generate ideas and inspire children to experiment with words, ideas and feelings through using their senses. By buying these resources as a bundle, you save 40%!
How to Write an Imaginative Summer Holiday Poem  KS2/3 (lesson plan and power point)
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How to Write an Imaginative Summer Holiday Poem KS2/3 (lesson plan and power point)

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This KS2/3 poetry resource encourages your pupils to experiment with their senses and play with ideas to write an imaginative summer holiday poem. Firstly, the children are asked to play with their senses by getting them to think of things that they would like to do during their summer holiday, that could not normally be done. For example: would they like to touch things that they could only normally hear? To hear things that they could only normally see? Or taste things that they could only normally feel? They are then encouraged to experiment further with other ideas that are equally impossible to do. For example: what would they like to jar? Where would they like to float? What would they like to take home? Tried and tested in the classroom, it consists of a complete lesson plan and an accompanying power point. The 22 power point slides inspire the children to be imaginative and original – borrowing ideas from the natural, philosophical and scientific world. A complete lesson, including starter, examples and differentiation.
How to Write an Imaginative Metaphor Poem  (power point and lesson plan   KS2/3)
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How to Write an Imaginative Metaphor Poem (power point and lesson plan KS2/3)

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This KS2/3 poetry resource encourages your pupils to think of a set of questions and then come up with suitable metaphorical answers. It consists of a complete lesson plan and an accompanying power point. The 18 power point slides inspire the children to be imaginative in both question and answer – borrowing ideas from the natural, biblical, philosophical and scientific world. A complete lesson, including starter, examples and differentiation.
How to Write a Summer Poem using your Senses KS2  (lesson plan and power point)
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How to Write a Summer Poem using your Senses KS2 (lesson plan and power point)

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This KS2 poetry resource encourages your pupils to use their 5 senses to write a summer poem. It consists of a complete lesson plan - including starter, examples and differentiation - and an accompanying power point. The power point is made up of a series of 28 photographic images focusing on the five senses. The images are designed to generate ideas and inspire children to experiment with words, ideas and feelings through using their senses.
How to Write a Winter Poem using your Senses KS2 (power point and lesson plan)
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How to Write a Winter Poem using your Senses KS2 (power point and lesson plan)

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This KS2 poetry resource encourages your pupils to use their 5 senses to write a winter poem. It consists of a complete lesson plan - including starter, examples and differentiation - and an accompanying power point. The power point is made up of a series of 31 photographic images focusing on the 5 senses. The images are designed to generate ideas and inspire children to experiment with words, ideas and feelings through using their senses.
How to Write a Father's Day Metaphor Poem KS2 upwards (lesson plan and power point)
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How to Write a Father's Day Metaphor Poem KS2 upwards (lesson plan and power point)

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This resource enables your pupils to write a highly personalised (and often humorous) father’s day poem using metaphors. It consists of a complete lesson plan and an accompanying power point made up of a series of photographic images. Tried and tested in the classroom, the power point contains a set of questions designed to inspire and help pupils generate metaphorical ideas that they can then tailor to describe their fathers. A complete lesson plan including starter, examples and differentiation.