At Parkfield we immerse our pupils in a wide range of poetry, both classical and modern. Pupils will use high quality poetry as stimuli for their own poetry writing. Our Parkfielders will learn poems by heart and perform these using the Six Ps (Punctuation, Pace, Passion, Pause, Pitch, Power) of fluent reading.

Poetry allows children to play with language and find new ways to communicate. We prioritise poetry within our English curriculum and children at Parkfield will study or learn at least one poem every half term.


Focus poet: Nick Sharatt

Focus poetry style: Alphabet list poems

Nick Sharatt poems:

  • What's in the Witch's Kitchen by Nick Sharatt

  • Oh no! Shark in the Snow! by Nick Sharatt

Nursery Rhymes:

  • Hickory Dickory Dock

  • Once I caught a fish alive

  • Little Bo peep

  • One, two buckle my shoe

  • Row, row, row your boat

  • Old Mother Hubbard

  • Jack and Jill

  • Old King Cole

  • Little Miss Muffet

  • Humpty Dumpty

  • Mary had a little lamb

  • Baa Baa black sheep

  • Old Macdonald had a farm

  • Sing a song of sixpence

Year 1

Focus poet: Julia Donaldson

Focus poetry style: Alliterative list poems

Julia Donaldson poems:

  • West Hands

  • Nut Tree

  • The Christmas Pine

Alliterative list poems:

  • Slippery Sloppery by David Walliams

  • Peter Piper by Unknown

Other poems:

  • Cats Sleep Anywhere by Eleanor Farjeon

  • There was an Old Man from Peru by Anonymous

  • The Ning, Nang, Nong by Spike Milligan

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Taylor

  • Bed in Summer by R.L. Stevenson

  • ‘Twas the night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moor

Year 2

Focus poet: Roald Dahl

Focus poetry style: Acrostic and Shape poems

Roald Dahl poems:

  • Revolting Rhymes (anthology)

Acrostic and Shape poems:

  • What is He? by Liz Brownlee

  • The Shape of a Poem by Chris Ogden

  • Word Whirls by John Foster

Other poems:

  • This is the House that Jack Built by Anonymous

  • Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes

  • The Engine Driver by Clive Sansom

  • Now we are Six and Halfway Down by A.A. Milne

  • Twas the night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

Year 3

Focus poet: Michael Rosen

Focus poetry style: Haiku and Tanka

Michael Rosen poems:

  • Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen

  • Plastic Bag Tree by Michael Rosen

Haiku and Tanka poems:

  • Seaview Haiku by John Foster

  • Haiky Riddle by Celia Warren

  • The Penny Black by John Foster

Other poems:

  • The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

  • Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field

  • The Land of Counterpane by R.L. Stevenson

  • Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash

Year 4

Focus poet: Ted Hughes

Focus poetry style: Limerick

Ted Hughes poems:

  • Snow and Snow by Ted Hughes

  • The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Limerick style poems:

  • Various Limerick poems by Edward Lear

  • Star by Kaitlyn Guenther

Other poems:

  • A Tiger’s Tale by John Bennett

  • Mr Nobody by Anonymous

  • From a Railway Carriage by R.L. Stevenson

  • Invictus by William Ernest Henley

  • The Witches’ Spell from Macbeth by William Shakespeare

  • City Jungle by Pie Corbett

Year 5

Focus poet: Joseph Coehlo

Focus poetry style: Cinquain

Joseph Coehlo poem:

  • If All the World were Paper by Joseph Coehlo

Cinquain poems:

  • Blackbird by John Foster

  • Mirror - John Foster

Other poems:

  • The Night Mail by W.H. Auden

  • I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth

  • Leisure by W.H Davies

  • Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

  • Rum Tum Tugger by T.S Eliot

Year 6

Focus poet: Carol Ann Duffy

Focus poetry style: Sonnets

Carol Ann Duffy poems:

  • The Christmas Truce by Carol Ann Duffy


  • Who can know? by Susan Cartwright Smith

  • Shakespeare Sonnets - a selection

  • Mermaid by Susan Rogerson

Other poems:

  • Matilda Who Told Lies and Was Burned to Death by Hillarie Belloc

  • The Listeners by Walter De La Mare

  • The Tyger by William Blake

  • The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • If by Rudyard Kipling

  • Where the Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson

  • The Lion and Albert by Marriot Edgar

  • From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson