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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

30th March - 3rd April



Read the poem The River by Valerie Bloom (link below).


Firstly, pick out any language that you don't understand. Use your strategies to try to work out the meaning of them. Use a dictionary (or if you're still not sure. Then, read the poem again, talking through what you understand and what you are picturing. You could even doodle little pictures of what you imagine as you are reading the poem. 


Think about: 

What is the poem about?

What does each stanza (verse) focus on?

Which words rhyme? Is there a rhyming pattern?

Are there any poetic features? 



1) Have a look at Worksheet 1 below, which gives you a list of jumbled poetry features, their definitions and examples to go with them. Can you match them up correctly? You could do this by cutting and sticking the cards, making your own cards or colour coding them using a computer. 


2) Once you're confident about each poetry feature, find an example of each poetic feature in The River. 


3) Think carefully about the poetic feature of personification and what it means. Have a look at Worksheet 2 below and identify words that suggest human qualities of the river in each stanza. 


4) Spend some time learning the poem off by heart. Keep coming back to it at different times and see what you can remember.  


5) Perform the poem. Think about your intonation (voice going up and down), tone of voice (what mood your voice suggests to the listener), volume, and actions.


6) Write your own stanza for the poem, starting with The River's a ________. If you're stuck, some clues to get you started are: A player, A child, An explorer, An athlete.....


7) Have a go at writing your own poem that personifies a natural object. You could think about a tree, a particular type of flower, the sun or moon, the sea... whatever inspires you! Have a look at pictures or videos of your object to observe its size, details, colours, movement and how it can change.



I am really looking forward to reading your own stanzas for The River, as well as your own poems. Have fun and be inspired by nature! 





Reading Comprehension


Read through the text once, underlining any words that are unfamiliar to you. Then, use your strategies to work out their meaning. If you're still not sure, you can use a dictionary (or


When you are confident that you understand the language, read the text again and talk through what you are picturing in each paragraph. At the end, have a go at summarising the text in a few sentences - you could do this out loud or write it down. 


Then, have a go at the questions.