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Poetry - Haiku / Cinquain

Y4 Poetry – Haiku/ Cinquain


National curriculum content

  • Write for a range of real purposes and audiences.
  • Draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.
  • Discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
  • Organising paragraphs around a theme.
  • Choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition.
  • Using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.
  • Use and understand the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing and reading.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements.
  • Proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences.
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.


Lesson objectives

  • To read and internalise the model text.
  • To create a text map of the model text.
  • To use reading comprehension strategies to understand the text.
  • To understand the organisation of the poem.
  • To understand vocabulary and definitions.
  • To recognise key text features.
  • To use new grammatical features in a short burst write.
  • To contribute to a shared write.
  • 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 be able to write a sentence of 3 for description.
  • To write simple sentences and embellish them using adjectives.
  • To use short sentences for emphasis.
  • To know when to use and write long sentences to enhance description or information.
  • Use powerful verbs for emphasis.
  • Use specific/technical vocabulary to add detail.
  • To understand and use prepositions.
  • Use commas in a list effectively.


Grammar and Punctuation Vocabulary

Sentence, full stop, capital letter, simile (as/like), adjective, verb, alliteration, adverb, preposition, synonyms, syllables, onomatopoeia


Topic vocabulary

Haiku, cinquain, eruption, lava, volcano, earthquake, tectonic plates, tsunami