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Sense Poetry Lesson Plan KS1

Introduction

This lesson plan is tailored to complement the National Curriculum guidelines on teaching poetry in KS1.

The Senses

Write the 5 senses on the board and discuss them with the class. Explain each sense and ask as a class to answer the questions below:

Smell - What can we smell?
Taste - What can we taste?
Touch - What can we feel?
Sight - What can we see?
Sound - What can we hear?

The Subject

As a class choose a subject to base your poem on, for example:

A season
A food
An emotion

Or

Choose an object you can see in the classroom.

Once you have explained the senses and chosen a subject you can write a poem as a class, describing the subject using each sense.

Main Teaching Activity

Pupils can now write their own sense poem. Help them to choose their subject and allow them to refer to the senses you wrote on the board in the introduction. You may want to give each pupil a copy of the examples on the reverse of this lesson plan.

Plenary

This is a 5-10 minute activity. Ask the younger children to work in small groups with an adult’s assistance and more able children can work in pairs. Each child can take it in turns to read out their poem to their group or partner. The group or partner can then tell them what they liked about their poem and give suggestions on how it can be improved.

Differentiation

Young children can be given a subject to focus on and write describing words for each sense.

More able children can use more detailed descriptions or make their poem rhyme. Examples can be found below.

Notes

This activity is about an hour depending on class size, age and ability. The poems can be as simple or as difficult as you’d like them to be. The activity is ideal for homework as well as a class activity. Poems can be about anyone or anything. If you have a subject you are currently studying that you’d prefer the children to write about, write several objects associated with the subject on the board. Examples can be found overleaf as well as on our website.

Sense Poem Examples

Basic sense poem
Love smells like roses
Love looks like red hearts
Love sounds like birds tweeting
Love feels like soft fur
Love tastes like chocolate

Detailed sense poems
(Season)
Autumn smells like bonfires and rain
Autumn looks like fireworks exploding brightly in the sky
Autumn sounds like leaves crunching under my feet
Autumn feels like the chilly wind and snuggling under a blanket
Autumn tastes like hot chocolate and Halloween sweets

(Emotion)
Happiness smells sweet like birthday cake
Happiness looks bright like the sun
Happiness sounds cheerful like my mum singing
Happiness feels lovely like a big hug
Happiness tastes yummy like sausages

Detailed and rhyming sense poem
Chocolate smells like heaven so sweet,
When I have it, it is such a treat.
Chocolate looks like shiny brown wood,
I’d eat it all day if I could.
Chocolate feels like a piece of silk,
Glossy and smooth like a glass of milk.
Chocolate sounds like twigs going crack,
When I snap a bit from a brand new pack.
Chocolate tastes like a delicious dream,
If I don’t get some, I may scream!