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This week, we will be working on some poetry inspired by the book “The Lost Words”.  The book is full of brilliant poems with superb illustrations.

Today, we are going to have a relaxing time sitting with a plant. Choose a plant in your house or garden and spend 2 minutes looking at it. Using your fingers count 10 things you notice about it.


Write 5-6 sentences describing the plant.


Here is Mr Irwin's example from one of the plants in his house.

It’s small, circular leaves spring out from the centre like satellites on the roof of a block of flats. Each leaf is almost circular and fans out to look at the sun. Some leaves are grass green but others are more like a lime green or even almost white. In the middle of each leaf is a tiny, light circle with pale lines coming out from it. These are the veins.


Today we are going to do a little ‘close reading’ of a poem, please click on the link below to open it. 

These are the steps you need to follow to have a go.


  • Read the poem quietly to yourself
  • Read it out loud to yourself or someone else
  • Look carefully at each line of the poem
  • Find 4 or more features that you particularly like or notice
  • Explain why that part stands out for you.


Some features you might spot include alliteration, repetition, rhyme and rhythm. Also look for interesting description, word choices or images that it makes you think of. Try to find four features and explain why you like them.


Here is an example where Mr Irwin had a go:


Write a list of all the things that make a sunflower a sunflower. Use the pictures below to help you.

You could choose your own plant/flower if you want to.


Have a go at writing an acrostic poem about a sunflower (or the flower / plant that you wrote about yesterday). Please click the link below to find instructions and an example from Mr Irwin!



Today, we will illustrate and perform our acrostic poems. 


1. Illustrate

What does illustrate mean? Can you remember from the reading challenge we set the other week?

It means to draw pictures to go with your poem. 


The book "The Lost Words" is full of fantastic illustrations. Have a look at the ones below!

How will you illustrate your poem?


2. Now perform your poem.

You could watch this clip of Michael Rosen performing his poem 'Chocolate Cake' for inspiration!

Chocolate Cake | POEM | Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

We'd love to see your illustrated poems and performances! Email them to us at if you can.