Christmas Poems

Age Range: 7 - 11
By: Richard Simpson

Get children to think about and brainstorm things that remind them of Christmas. Then write a two-verse poem, verse one starting with the words "Outside at Xmas...." followed by several descriptive sentences, and the second verse starting "Inside at Xmas..." and followed by more sentences.

More able children can try and link their lines between verses to show contrast, e.g. (outside at Xmas) trees are bare and branches thin/animals search fo food in the cold and in the second verse (inside at Xmas) trees are laden with baubles and lights/people are eating mince pies around the fire etc.

I've tried this with my year six class and they have really enjoyed it.

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Georgia

Oh, thanks for this idea... My year 5 children loved it! They said its the best lesson we have ever done so thanks a lot.

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