Poetry and plays

Children performing in a play

Your child will study a range of poetry and plays throughout primary school. As well as helping your child with any homework, you'll also want to foster a love of these literacy styles.

In this section of the site you'll find information on how poetry and plays are taught in school as well as poetry and playwriting worksheets that help your child develop the key skills needed to interpret these tests, such as identifying simile and metaphor, improving writing with adjectivespowerful verbs and WOW words and reading, writing and performing a play script.

We recommend classic poems to read with primary-school children, great poetry anthologies for kids and poetry apps. Who knows, you might even discover you have a budding poet or playwright under your own roof!

Articles

Rhyme
What is rhyme?
From reading rhyming poems to identifying rhyme schemes and rhyming couplets, we explain everything you need to know to help you support your child's love and learning of poetry at home.
Children at Mary Arden's farm © Amy Murrell 2012
11 of the best ways to introduce children to Shakespeare
You don't have to be a theatre buff or a classic-literature lover to appreciate Shakespeare's wonderful stories, compelling characters and beautiful language. We say it's never too early to introduce children to the Bard, so here are 11 great ways to help under-12s fall in love with his verses.
Alliteration and assonance
What are alliteration, assonance and consonance?
When analysing poetry your primary-school child might mention alliteration, assonance and consonance. We explain what they've been taught to look out for in literacy lessons.

Worksheets

First rhymes writing poetry
First rhymes: writing poetry
Continue this sporty poem with some rhymes of your own.
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Creating images in poetry worksheet
Creating images in poetry
A simile is when something is compared to something else, using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. This poem is about acorns. It contains two similes; can you find them?
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Analysing a play script worksheet
Analysing a play script
Read this play script about a boy who finds himself on a magical island and is tempted to eat some very special fruit, then act it out with a family member. Can you find the following features in the play script?
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Games

Hidden meanings game
Hidden meanings

Read poems carefully because they often have hidden meanings. Can you find the hidden meanings in this Big Babies rap?

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Shakespeare book

To be or not to be...

Could your child be the next Tom Stoppard? There is lots you can do at home to encourage your child's enjoyment of the theatre. As well as taking them to see as many plays as possible, why not try the following:

Plus, visit the Homework Gnome and find out all about one of our greatest playwrights – William Shakespeare.

Poetry and plays