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Week Commencing 4th May

Focus theme: Performance Poetry 
Get your cameras ready as you delve into the world of performance poetry. You could be the next star of Britain’s Got Talent! 
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Lesson 1:


Hot Food by Michael Rosen. 

Read and enjoy this poem.   *(See below).  


Now watch Michael Rosen perform the poem.   


Learn to recite the poem putting your own actions and noises/sounds to it.  Learn a section at a time and slowly build it up until you can recite it all! 


Can you write your own poem about hot food?

What is your favourite hot food? Who might be eating the hot food with you? Your brother?  Nan? Mum? Auntie? Friend? etc.  

Consider the last section of the poem where ‘Dad’ puts the food in his mouth. How could you change this? What actions might the person do? E.g. screwing up their face, closing their eyes, fanning their mouth etc 


Write out your new poem and learn it with the actions. How will you make it funny? Can you change the volume  or the pitch of your voice to emphasise certain words? Watch the clip again to see how Michael Rosen does this. What effect does this have on your poem? 

Perform your poem to someone in your house and/or film it and send it to your teacher/school. 

Lesson 2:


No Breathing in Class/Strict by Michael Rosen. 

Watch Michael Rosen perform this poem. 


Learn and join in with the repetitive sections. Vocabulary check.      


Do you know the meanings of these words from the poem? 
- keel - shame - tale - figured - whiny - survival?


Write down a definition for each word and find some synonyms.  Use a dictionary/thesaurus or Word Hippo to help. 

Choose three of the new synonyms that you have learned and write a sentence including each.


Remember to use a type of sentence that you have learned in Year 4, e.g. using a fronted adverbial to show where, e.g. In the middle of the garden, or using an adverb starter, e.g.  Cautiously, …  

If you enjoy Michael Rosen performances there are plenty more here: 

Lesson 3:


Gran Can you rap? by Jack Ousby 

Read and enjoy the poem.  *(See below) 

Now watch a performance of the poem. 

Can you spot the reduplicative phrases in the poem?

They are words like flip-flop which use alliteration. Can you think of any more flip-flop phrases? Have a look in the tables below for some ideas. Which have you heard before? Which do you like? Which sound funny? 

Can you replace some of the reduplicative phrases in the poem with some from the table below? Which work well? 

Can you join in with the poem? In sections, learn the poem with your new words and put your own actions to it.  Enjoy! 

Lesson 4:


Create your own funny poem to perform about your time so far in lock down. 

Think about the following: 
What have you been doing each day? (e.g. school work, reading, playing out in your garden/yard, watching TV, playing games, etc.) 
What have your siblings been doing? 
What have your parents/guardians been doing? 
How can you make it funny? 
Can you repeat any sections? This could be a chorus. 


Does it rhyme? (It doesn’t have to!) 

It might help to think of some rhyming words or phrases associated with your topic before you write the poem. However, don’t be tempted to use silly words just because they rhyme! Ensure the rhyming words still allow the poem to make sense.                          


Below are some ideas for rhyming words: 
Bored, poured, scored, assured 
Asleep, heap, keep, creep, leap 
Keeping fit - regretting it - loving it 
Exercise, disguise, surprise, recognise School, pool, fool, cool, drool (!), ridicule 
Sunshine, skyline, goal line, headline, define 
NHS, impress, success, nevertheless, fancy dress 

Can you include some of the reduplicative phrases (flip-flop phrases) that you investigated yesterday? Use some ideas from the tables below.  

Here are a couple of clips that might help you with your poem/rap.  (start – 6:00mins)


Write down your poem. Read it through out loud (remember this is for a performance!) Can you change any words to improve it? 

There is no specific format for your poem - be as creative as you like!


Lesson 5:


Read back through your poem created yesterday.


Today you are going to learn it and perform it! 

Learn a section at a time and put some actions to it. You could note down the actions to your poem on your sheet. 

Could you dress up? Do you need any props? 

Perform your poem to people in your house and, if possible, record yourself. 

You could even send your recording to your teacher/ school, though check with a parent/guardian first.