POETRY AT KEY STAGES 1 and 2

Poetry in the Primary English

 

National Curriculum Programme of Study 2019

 

See all the statutory requirements for teaching poetry in the Primary English National Curriculum below and find anthologies and resources to use in your classroom

 

Key Stage 1: Year 1

National Curriculum Programme of Study (statutory requirements)

 

Reading: Comprehension: Pupils should be taught to develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:

 

(a)  listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently and

 

(b)  learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and recite some by heart.

 

I'd give your pupils a 5 minute gap in their working day to just sit quietly and listen to a new poem in class.  They can listen again at home on their own computers.  Then discuss what they've listened to in the class, perhaps saying why they like/dislike the poem or the characters in the poem - or perhaps why they found it funny.  Go to my poems for younger children as a start, but many of the story poems they'll enjoy, or the minibeast poems too.  The poem they most like is: THE FIVE HUNGRY DUCKLINGS.  

 

This age group need to know that poetry is a performing art (and they can perform) and that it links easily to music to turn it into a song.  Five of my poems have been turned into songs and you can reach them from my Younger Children Index. Please let them know that poetry isn't hard work.  It is fun.   They can clap to the rhythm of the poems.

 

Key Stage 1: Year 2

National Curriculum Programme of Study (statutory requirements)

 

Reading: Comprehension: Pupils should be taught to develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:

 

listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry

continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear. Pupils should be taught to understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to by:

 

participate in discussion about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say

explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves.  Writing: Composition

Pupils should be taught to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by:

writing poetry.  

 

Take the children to my POTENTIALLY POETICAL pages where theyc can learn about metre.  Also, if they have computers, tell them to keep Rhymezone and Thesaurus.com open to help them.

 

Lower Key Stage 2

National Curriculum Programme of Study (statutory requirements)

 

Reading: Comprehension: Pupils should be taught to develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by: listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks, preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action recognising some different forms of poetry [for example, free verse, narrative poetry].

 

Although most of my poems are ideal for performance by the children, go to my Performance Poem Index where I've tried to put lots of fun poems that they'll enjoy.

 

Upper Key Stage 2

National Curriculum Programme of Study (statutory requirements)

 

Reading: Comprehension: Pupils should be taught to maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by: continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks learning a wider range of poetry by heart preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience.

 

There are so many poems in this list that it is impossible to list them all.  The children, having their computers at home, will, I am sure, choose the poems they like the best and then explain to the class why they particularly chose the ones that they did.

 

Have lots of fun and let me know if I can help more.  Josie

By Josie Whitehead

Poetry KS1&2 - 2 Web Index

PLEASE SEE ALSO: KS1 and KS2 continued.