Write your own counting poem

Home learning focus

To understand what counting poems are and try writing one yourself.

This lesson includes:

  • an introduction to poems

  • a reminder about writing sentences

  • three activities to do at home


A poem is a piece of writing that expresses a thought, an emotion or a story. Poems can rhyme, use alliteration or have a rhythm but they don't have to.

Watch this short video to find out more about poems.

Explore writing a poem with this chef.

There are many different types of poem. One type is a counting poem.

These poems contain some sort of counting, usually counting backwards from ten.

Here is an example of a counting poem.

Counting poem


You are going to write your own counting poem, but first let's recap on writing sentences.

When you are writing, words are grouped together into sentences. There are a few simple rules you need to follow to make sure your sentences are clear.

Firstly, a sentence needs a capital letter at the beginning and a punctuation mark at the end, like a full stop (.), a question mark (?) or an exclamation mark (!).

A sentence also needs a verb in it and it must make complete sense all on its own.

Watch this short video to find out more.

Different types of sentence do different jobs. Sentences can state a fact, ask a question, give an order or express an emotion.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Write amazing sentences

Today it's your turn to be the teacher! Imagine you are teaching somebody how to write exciting sentences.

Start by writing three things you should always do when writing sentences.

Then write two more tips explaining what you think makes sentences exciting. For example: Using description in your sentences will make them more exciting.

  • Show your tips to somebody at home and get them to write five sentences themselves.
  • Mark their work, making sure they follow your tips and that their writing makes sense.

Activity 2: Complete the poem

Take a look at the incomplete poem below and see if you can add in words to complete it.

Jenny and her friend were searching Jenny's missing dog Spot. Whilst searching they found some interesting things.

They found seven baby bears

Sitting on rocking chairs.

They . . . . . . six beautiful bees.

Buzzing around the trees.

They found . . . . . . cool cats.

All wearing hats.

They found four . . . . . . pigs.

Playing happily with twigs.

They found . . . . . . tiny mice.

Who were pleasant and nice.

They found two slimy frogs.

Hiding under some . . . . . .

And they found one dog called Spot.

Who had missed them a lot.

Once you've filled in the missing words. Highlight the words that rhyme.

Activity 3: Write your own counting poem

Write your own counting poem that counts up to, or backwards from ten. It could be about absolutely anything and can be as silly as you'd like.

  • It doesn't have to rhyme, but it can if you want.
  • You could start each sentence with the number, if that helps.
  • Remember to make sure you're using capital letters and punctuation correctly.

Where next?

In this lesson you have reminded yourself how to write sentences and have learnt about counting poems.

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