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Y5 Poetry – Windows by Pie Corbett


National Curriculum content

  • Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • In writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed.
  • Selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.
  • Proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Proofread for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Read aloud and perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action.


Lesson objectives

  • To read and internalise the model text.
  • To use reading comprehension strategies to understand the text.
  • To understand the organisation of a poem.
  • To understand vocabulary and definitions.
  • To understand how to use similes in a poem.
  • To use senses to write a poem.
  • To understand how to use metaphors in a poem.
  • To recognise key text features.
  • To contribute to a shared write.
  • To use adjectives to create expanded noun phrases.
  • To use grammatical features to improve the model text.
  • To understand how to use personification in a poem.
  • To innovate the model text with my ideas.
  • To write independently using the skills taught.


What we want children to know and the skills necessary to achieve this

  • To read a poem aloud to a partner with expression.
  • To start with a simile.
  • To write short sentences to move events on quickly.
  • To use metaphors and personification to describe.
  • To use boastful adjectives.
  • To use adverbs to modify a verb.
  • To use synonyms to broaden vocabulary.



Poetry Vocabulary

Verse, stanza, simile, adjective, adverb, alliteration, personification, synonym, expanded noun phrase


Topic Vocabulary

glare, weary, snarl, stare, gaze, dusk, peek