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Here you’ll find a collection of almost 60 much-loved poems for Key Stage 2 pupils.The collection includes poems by well-known contemporary children’s poets who introduce and read a selection of their work.There are also 12 classic poems - including 'Jabberwocky' and 'The Jumblies' - read by actors Maxine Peake and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Finding a voice
This is a relatively free-standing poetry unit, and could be taught at any stage of the school year. However, its learning develops from that in Year 6 poetry unit 1, which therefore needs to precede it...
The Power of Imagery
This is a relatively free-standing poetry unit, and could be taught at any stage of the autumn or spring terms, although it feeds into and therefore needs to precede Year 6 Poetry Unit 2...
Choral and performance poetry
Children hear, read, and experience performance poetry, both on paper and in actual performance. They explore the contribution made by the performance element. They then write, rehearse and present their own performance poem...
Classic/narrative poems
This unit is the second in a block of three poetry units in Year 5. The unit has oral outcomes and assessment opportunities at regular intervals. Interactive whiteboard (IWB) software is used to support children's reading and writing throughout the teaching sequence. Digital cameras and digital sound recorders are also used to support and enhance performances. The unit can be linked to other curriculum subjects and themes...
Poetic style
Children hear, read, and respond to a range of poems from two contrasting writers. They write their own free verse poems, inspired by those they have read, and borrowing, melding and adapting elements and features from these in order to begin to develop a style of their own...
Shape poetry
This unit forms the second part of the Year 3 block of work on poetry, which can be used at any point during the year. Interactive whiteboard (IWB) and word processing software are used to support children in the writing and exploration of calligrams and shape poetry...
Creating images

Children read and respond to a range of poems and prose extracts that use similes and other simple images to create a vivid picture for a reader. Explore and create similes. Write poems experimenting with the use of simile. Subject matter for the poems can be drawn from other curriculum areas or related to cross-curricular themes.

Exploring form
This unit is the second of two poetry units in Year 4. Skills are developed in the context of working with ICT to develop the reading, analysis and presentation of published poetry.
Poems to perform
Read and discuss a range of performance poems, identifying distinctive features such as repetition, rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and the use of oral language based on speech.
Revolting Rhymes
Six of the best-loved nursery tales, retold with surprising and sometimes disgusting twists!
Jabberwocky
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a wonderfully playful poem of nonsense verse.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Funny, colourful, tragic and sinister; somehow all life is here in this children's poem that's more than just a poem and for more than just children.
The Highwayman
Alfred Noyes’s famous poem still has the power to thrill us as we read the story of the highwayman and his doomed love for Bess, the landlord’s black-eyed daughter.