How do you choose between Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, Edward Lear and Benjamin Zephaniah, when their poems are all so different? That’s what we set out to discover in our Poetry Play in a Day, exploring different styles of poetry, rhythm and rhyme and literary techniques along the way.

The day allows children to develop their understanding of alliteration, personification and onomatopoeia as well as learn the different between a simile and a metaphor and put these into action with existing examples and their own new ideas.

At the end of the Play in a Day children discover how exciting it can be to write their own poem – using our group writing challenge to create, structure and deliver their own brand new masterpiece!

The structure of a Play in a Day:

  • We start with warm ups and ‘getting to know you’ activities
  • Then we move on to exploring the topic, through games and activities.
  • We begin work on the play and every child plays a part in creating the characters, atmosphere and telling the story. Children are not given scripts, lines are delivered orally and remembered through action & repetition – this makes the Play in a Day format totally accessible and inclusive.
  • We reinforce learning and understanding throughout the day through questioning, break out activities and plenary games.
  • Children are given costume and props and we integrate music during the day too!
  • Around 2:30pm your invited audience arrive – this can be another class, the rest of the school and/or parents.
  • The performance takes place – children put everything they’ve learnt into practice.
  • Following wild applause, children are presented with a certificate and your class teacher gets a lovely resource pack of follow up activities to do in class.

Key focus of the Poetry Play in a Day

  • Significant poets across history and their most influential works.
  • Different styles of poetry – narrative, nonsense.
  • Literary techniques including alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, metaphors, similes.
  • Rhythm and rhyme.
  • Imagination and the creation of their own work of poetry.

“The day was full of fun which helped bring the topic to life” Ms Bell, Class Teacher, Brookvale Primary, Halton