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World War One Poetry

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In English we have been exploring poetry based on the trench life of soldiers during World War One. We have written our own poems to convey the emotion and imagery of a soldier during World War One using a variety of different techniques (metaphors, personification, similes).

Children's War Poetry

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Children's War Poetry

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Children's War Poetry

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Writing Samples

The Sergeant's Speech

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Building on the work in combined studies, the children have taken inspiration from the Sergeant's speech, in Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful, to write their own speeches. These were planned in English and written as part of a Big Write. The children then reviewed their work, by reading aloud to partners, to help them identify areas for improvement before performing their speech in front of an audience.

Sergeant's Speech 2

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Sergeant's Speech 4

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Sergeant's Speech 3

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Sergeant's Speech 6

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Sergeant's Speech 5

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Sergeant's Speech 6

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Sergeant's Speech 7

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Preparing to write poetry

Changing our classroom layout, we took WWI images and described them literally before applying our understanding of metaphor, simile, alliteration and personification. The children brainstormed to create their own examples and subsequently shared their ideas with the class in mini-plenaries to generate more ideas.

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Reciting War Poetry - December 5th, 2017

Year 6 learnt war poetry for homework as part of their unit of work on Private Peaceful and World War I.  The success criteria for their presentations were:

  • To be confident to recite a poem in front of an audience;
  • To read the punctuation, and
  • To create drama through their pace, volume and expression.

Back by Wilfred Gibson (1878 - 1962)

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In Flanders Fields by John McCrae (May 1915)

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In Flanders Fields

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In Flanders Fields

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In Flanders Fields

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War Poetry

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Back by Wilfred Gibson

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How to die by Siegfried Sassoon

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Who's for the game? By Jessie Pope

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