Poetry Lesson 1

This lesson can be adapted to suit children aged 5 to 10 years.

Celebrating World Poetry Day 21st March.

World Poetry Day began in 1999, with the aim of promoting poetry around the world.

It’s an opportunity to appreciate the power of poetry and how it captures the creative spirit.

Poetry is one of our most treasured forms of expression. It can be simple or complex, challenge traditional ideas or convey love and loss.

Here is the power point for this lesson.

What do you notice about the words in the poem about the elephant?

Is the poet ‘getting it right?’

Can you pick out the rhyming words in both poems? (quite and right; cow and anyhow)

Draw a picture for one of these poems (you could do this as an extension exercise in an Art session)


Limericks are funny and silly.

They’re made up of five lines.

Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme with each other.

Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other.

Edward Lear was born in 1812.

That’s over 200 years ago.

He wrote a famous book called The Collected Nonsense Songs of Edward Lear

I’m sure you recognise this poem?  See power point. Read – The Owl and The Pussy Cat

Draw a picture to illustrate The Owl and the Pussy Cat (you could do this in an Art session)

Edward Lear also wrote lots of limericks. There are some on the power point.

Which of Lear’s limericks do you like best? Why?

What do you notice about Lear’s rhyming words?

Can you draw a picture to go with one of the limericks? (you could do this in an Art session)

Watch a short film on Youtube about limericks, then have a go at writing your own.

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