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    Hi Year 3,

    Welcome to…

    Poetry Appreciation Week!

    We love poetry for many reasons. These collections of spoken or written words can have

    such powerful effects on the reader and are a way for people to express their thoughts

    and emotions.

    Poems can…

    make you laugh, make you think, make you smile and make you cry.

    They can be long, they can be short.

    and no two poems are the same!

    Narrative, shape, nonsense, acrostic, rhyming, limericks, haikus.

    Poetry is a wonderful, imaginative world and we can’t wait to explore it with you this


    Read on to visit our ‘Poetry Gallery’, showcasing a range of poems that we enjoy.

    At the end of the week, we hope to create a new gallery full of your poems!

    Miss Cosby and Miss Evans

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    The Laughter Forecast

    by Sue Cowling

    Today will be humorous

    With some giggly patches,

    Scattered outbreaks of chuckling in the south

    And smiles spreading from the east later,

    Widespread chortling

    Increasing to gale-force guffaws towards evening.

    The outlook for tomorrow

    Is hysterical

    An elderly man named Keith,

    Mislaid his set of false teeth,

    They’d been laid on a chair,

    He’d forgot they were there,

    Sat down, and was bitten beneath.

    There was an Old Man with a beard,

    Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!

    Two Owls and a Hen,

    Four Larks and a Wren,

    Have all built their nests in my beard!

    What Can You Do With A Football?

    Well...You can

    kick it you can catch

    it you can bounce it – all

    around. You can grab it you can

    pat it you can roll it – on the ground.

    You can throw it you can head it you

    can hit it – with a bat. You can biff it

    you can boot it you can spin it you

    can shoot it you can drop it

    you can stop it – just

    like that

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    Aliens Stole My Underpants

    To understand the ways

    of alien beings is hard,

    And I've never worked it out

    Why they landed in my backyard.

    And I've always wondered why

    on their journey from the stars,

    these aliens stole my underpants

    and took them back to Mars.

    They came on a Monday night

    when the weekend wash had been done,

    pegged out on the line

    to be dried in the morning sun.

    Mrs Driver from next door

    was a witness at the scene

    when aliens snatched my underpants -

    I'm glad that they were clean!

    It seems they were quite choosey

    as nothing else was taken.

    Do aliens wear underpants

    or were they just mistaken?


    by Shel Silverstein

    I asked for a hot dog

    With everything on it,

    And that was my big mistake,

    ‘Cause it came with a parrot,

    A bee in a bonnet,

    A wristwatch, a wrench, and a rake.

    It came with a goldfish,

    A flag, and a fiddle,

    A frog, and a front porch swing,

    And a mouse in a mask —

    That’s the last time I ask

    For a hot dog with everything.

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    The dark is cosy, still and calm

    And never does you any harm

    In the loft, below the sink

    It’s somewhere nice and quiet to think

    Deep in cupboards, pockets too

    It’s always lurking out of view

    Why won’t it come out till it's night?

    Perhaps the dark’s afraid of light

    The Dark

    Why are we so afraid of the dark?

    It doesn’t bite and doesn’t bark

    Or chase old ladies round the park

    Or steal your sweeties for a lark

    And though it might not let you see

    It lets you have some privacy

    And gives you time to go to sleep

    Provides a place to hide or weep

    It cannot help but be around

    When beastly things make beastly sounds

    When back doors slam and windows creak

    When cats have fights and voices shriek

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    Lesson 1- Acrostic Poems

    Today, we are going to learn about acrostic poems! We think you

    are all familiar with this style of poem as we created Great Fire of

    London acrostics last year for our exhibit and volcano acrostics

    when learning about Pompeii.

    Just in case though, here is a reminder!


    When writing our acrostic poems today, we want you to focus on building up descriptions

    using a range of adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Look at the examples below and discuss

    what these two examples do well. Remember, your poem does not need to rhyme!


    Pick something that you want to describe. Write an acrostic poem about this subject.

    You may wish to draft your poem first and then write it up in best. You can use a different

    colour pen or pencil for the word you are spelling.

    You can choose to write about whatever topic interests you but below are some ideas if

    you are unsure.

    - Weather (raindrop, sunshine)

    - Seasons (winter, summer, autumn, spring)

    - Space

    - An animal (butterfly, sloth, jaguar)

    - Someone special

    Raindrops drip drop on my shoes

    And more drops fall, in ones and twos

    I think of all my friends inside

    Not me, I think, I shall not hide

    Stormy weather makes me run

    To puddles outside, so much fun

    On rainy days, I’ll always be

    Running around for all to see

    Mud and splashes cover me!

    Violent, massive explosions.

    Orange and red sparks flying in the smoke filled air.

    Lightning flashing viciously, lighting up the sky.

    Crackling, sizzling, hot, bubbling lava cascading


    Ash cloud spreading, darkness descending.

    Nothing can stop the volcanoes anger.

    Overflowing, spreading fear.


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    Lesson 2 – Shape poems

    Today, we are going to focus on shape (or concrete)


    A shape poem is a poem that is shaped like the thing it describes. So, a poem about the

    stars would take the shape of a star (or stars).


    Like yesterday, we would like you to think of your own topic. You may wish to draft your

    poem first and then fit it onto your shape or write straight into your shape. There are lots

    of templates on the internet that you can use.

    Below are some examples to help you. Your

    poem can be descriptive or informative and

    filled with facts. How you write yours is up

    to you!

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    Lesson 3 – Repeating patterns

    In poetry, you will often find that the writer repeats sounds, words,

    ideas, lines or even entire stanzas (a grouped set of lines.)

    When you repeat something in a poem, this is called “repetition.”

    Repetition helps draw the reader’s attention to a thought, idea, or

    feeling. It can make the main ideas of the poem more memorable.

    One of the easiest ways to include repetition in a poem is to repeat the first line in a

    stanza. For example, if you were writing a poem to tell everyone how great a teacher I

    am, you might begin each stanza with, “I like Miss Cosby because…” 

    Example of a repeating pattern in a poem:

    Now it’s your turn!

    Today, we want you to create a poem about the world around you. The earth is a

    wonderful place but as recent news has shown, we sometimes need to look and reflect on

    how we treat each other and the planet itself.

    It might be useful to go to the Newsround website to help with this discussion.


    We might not be able to change the whole world all by

    ourselves, but by making small improvements in our own lives

    and inspiring other people to do the same, a snowball effect

    may occur that can positively affect our planet in time.

    So, what are the things we can do to bring positive change to

    the world?

    The best kinds of people are warm and kind,

    They are always there and they never mind.

    The best kinds of people smile and embrace,

    They support you with strength and grace.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround https://upjourney.com/how-to-inspire-others

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    Write a poem about the world or an issue that we are facing today. Decide on a

    repeating line or phrase and build your poem around this.

    Your poem might be about showing kindness to others, it might be about protecting the

    planet. The choice is yours. If you are unsure, you could copy the same pattern as my

    example below.

    Miss Cosby’s Example:

    If I were in charge