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Y3 Poetry - The Zealous Zoo


National curriculum content

  • Write for a range of 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.
  • Choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition.
  • Using adverbs and prepositions.
  • 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 show interest in the model text
  • To understand the vocabulary in the text
  • To recognise key features in the text
  • To teach the structure and box up
  • To be able to use capital letters and full stops correctly
  • To be able to use powerful verbs effectively
  • To use boastful language
  • To use determiners
  • To be able to use similes
  • To create a shared write
  • To create own shared write using boxing up
  • To generate ideas for an independent write
  • To box up for an independent write
  • To write independently


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

  • To apply their knowledge of word class when creating each line
  • How to use powerful verbs effectively
  • To write in sentences using full stops and capital letters
  • To use figurative language (similes, alliteration)
  • To extend ideas using the relative clause ‘who’
  • To write in the past tense
  • To use determiners correctly
  • To use boastful adjectives
  • To use synonyms to broaden vocabulary


Grammar and Punctuation Vocabulary

Sentence, full stop, capital letter, simile (as/like), adjective, verb, alliteration, adverb, preposition, past tense, determiner, synonyms


Topic vocabulary

Hobbled, terrifying, lazily, cobra, cluttered, locust, lapped, peculiar, heron, tearfully, torture, mischievous, cauldron