English KS1 / KS2: Joseph Coelho - Understanding Poetry

In this resource for primary English teachers, Joseph Coelho explains how poetry is relatable, fun, and achievable and can open up new ways of understanding and expressing your own emotions and thoughts.


Key Stage 1

  • Listen to, discuss and express views on a wide range of poetry
  • Talk about and draft ideas for writing
  • Explore and play with the patterns of sound and language
  • Explore and use sounds and words, discovering how they can work together to form ideas in poems
  • Respond to poems heard, discussing personal preferences

Key Stage 2

  • Express thoughts and feelings in imaginative writing
  • Understand and use a range of vocabulary by investigating and experimenting with language
  • Assess the effectiveness of own writing and suggest improvements
  • Write own poetry without prompting, making decisions about form and content
  • Experiment with all kinds of wordplay
  • Explore poetic devices, such as onomatopoeia
  • Experiment with ideas for humorous writing and nonsense verse

Suitable for: Primary English and literacy in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and Level 1/2 in Scotland.

How to perform poetry
How to express yourself with poetry
How to have fun writing poetry
How to write poetry about your life
Playing with words
How to interpret poetry
Do poems need to rhyme?
Poetry formats
Making pictures with words
How are music and poetry connected?