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Poetry at St Stephen's



Poetry spine across St Stephen's

Poetry studies that will require are written outcome should be taught across the year.  Each year group must allocate one week per term to focus on a particular type of poetry.  Children should spend time during the week reading, discussing, reviewing and creating poems in the given style that they are learning.  Poetry types have been allocated to each year group as follows:






Innovate a well-known rhyme (verbally)

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star


Alphabet List Poems

An alphabet of horrible habits by Colin West

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar Book


Rhyming Couplets

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar Book

10 Dancing Dinosaurs by John Foster


Performance Poetry

Miss Polly

Hot Cross Buns

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Caribbean Counting Poem by Pamela Mordecai

The Dark Wood


Alliterative List Poems

Alphabet Poem by Michael Rosen

Pineapple by Vyanne Samuel


Simple Riddles


Innovate a well-known rhyme (written)

Incey Wincy Spider

There Was a Crooked Man

Hey Diddle Diddle


Performance Poetry

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Voices of Water by Tony Mitton

My Colours by Colin West

Hands by Julia Donaldson

Queue for the Zoo by Clare Bevan


Acrostic Poems

Fireworks by Gervase Phinn

Christmas by Gervase Phinn


Quatrain – AABB or ABAB

Food Stop by Benjamin Zephaniah

Excuses by Alan Ahlberg

Peter Pan by Andrea Shavick

Rumble in the Jungle (book) by Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz

Tasty Poems (book) by Jill Bennet & Nick Sharratt


Shape Poem

What is he? By Liz Brownlee

The Shape of a poem by Chris Odgen

Aaaah!!! At Last It’s Spring by James Carter

Family Tree by Damien Harvey

Word Whirls by John Foster


Performance Poetry

I’m Walking with my Iguana by Brian Moses

Solo with Chorus by Rose Fyleman

Nut Tree by Julia Donaldson

The Dinosaur Rap by John Foster

Cats by Eleanor Farjeon

Shhhhhh! By Julia Donaldson


Narrative with Rhyme

Scared by Michael Rosen

The Listeners by Walter de la Mer

The Sound Collector by Roger McGough


Question & Answer poems

Registration by Allan Ahlberg

Cool School by Michael Rosen

What is Pink by Christina Rossetti


Haiku & Tankas


Seaview Haiku by John Foster

Windy Day by John Foster

Haiky Riddle by Celia Warren



Silver Aeroplane by John Foster

The Penny Black by John Foster

Two Tanka Riddles by Marian Swinger


Performance Poetry

Life doesn’t frighten me at all by Mya Angelou

The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

Twenty Four Hours by Charles Causley

Instructions for Giants by John Rice



Loopy Limericks (book) by John Foste


Monologue (one voice)

Team Talk by Allan Ahlberg

There’s an Alien in the Classroom by Gervais Phinn


Metaphor poems

The Sun by Wes Magee

Don’t Be Scared by Carol Ann Duffy


Performance Poetry

The Treasures by Clare Bevan

Today I feel by Gervais Phinn

The Trouble with My Brother by Brian Patten

You Can’t Stop Me by Miriam Moss



November Night by Adelaide Crapsey

Snow by Adelaide Crapsey

Winter by Adelaide Crapsey

Blackbird by John Foster

At the Gate by John Foster

The Wood in Late Autumn by John Foster

Mirror by John Foster


Simile and Metaphor

The Night Will Never Stay by Eleanor Farjeon

Bluebottle by Judith Nichols

Windrush Child by John Agard


Personification Poems

Winter by Olivia Kooker

Snow and Snow by Ted Hughes

It’s Spring by John Foster

Jack Frost by C.E Pike


Performance Poetry

Give and Take by Roger McGough

Conversation Piece by Gareth Owen

Football Mad by Benjamin Zephaniah


Blank Verse (classics)

Mercutio’s Queen Mab Monologue in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Mending Wall by Robert Frost

To Be or Not To Be from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth

The Princess by Alfred Lord Tennyson


Sonnets (classic)

Compare 2 classic sonnets for content, use of language and rhyme pattern eg

Summer- water Sonnet by Gillian Clarke

Lines Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth



The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

The Listeners by Walter De La Mare

The Pied Piper by Robert Browning

Matilda by Hillaire Belloc

The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

The Sick Rose by William Blake


Performance Poetry

The Visitor by Ian Serrailler

Cargoes by John Masefield

The Lion and Albert by Marriot Edgar

What I Love About School by Roger McGough


Mermaid by Susan Rogerson

Who Can Know ? by Susan Cartwright Smith

The Bottom of the Jar by Susan Cartwright Smith

Famous or Classic Poems for Children at S Stephen's to Perform Aloud

Click on the poem to find out more about each of them

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6