This lesson plan is tailored to complement the National Curriculum guidelines on teaching poetry in KS1.
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?
As a class choose a subject to base your poem on, for example:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.