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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

20th July - 22nd July

The Sound Collector

by Roger McGough

Task 1: Identify the Sounds


This week, we are going to look at a fabulous poem called The Sound Collector by Roger McGough.

Have a read of the poem and watch the video of Roger McGough reading his poem out loud.


Colour or highlight the sound words (like 'humming') in one colour. Then, choose a different colour to highlight the object words to show what is making the noises (like 'television').


Based on the different sounds and things making them, where do you think the poem takes place? 

Task 2: Identify Rhyming Words


Look at the first stanza (paragraph) of the poem. Which words rhyme? Colour or underline them. Then, look at the other stanzas and colour or underline the rhyming words. Is the pattern the same in each stanza?


Now, choose a place. Try to pick one that has lots of different sounds. It could be a zoo, park, cafe, football match, or any other place you can think of!


What sounds can you hear there?

What objects make those sounds?

Can you think of object words that rhyme, like Roger McGough does? eg. clock and lock. 


Write them down in the template below to form a plan for your very own version of the Sound Collector poem. You can use the word mat to help you.

Task 3: Write Your Own Sound Collector Poem


Now, it's your turn to create your own Sound Collector poem!


Use your plan, as well as Roger McGough's original poem, to write as many stanzas as you like about the sounds in your chosen place. 


There is a template below, or you can make your own.