Tag Archives: poetry

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day. Each year there is a different theme and this year the theme is change. After spending time in the secret garden this week and looking at the changing leaves and conkers we have been doing a lot of talking about Autumn.


Poem was a brand new word so we thought about what it meant. We decided a poem was a bit like a story and a bit like a song and it could tell us about how things look, feel, sound, taste or smell.

We talked about Autumn and all the changes we had noticed. The children described what they could see and hear and we put our ideas together to turn them into a poem.

Here is the poem from the afternoon and beginning of the week children…


Here is the poem from the morning and end of the week children…


We hope you like our poems. To learn more about National Poetry Day and explore poems at home you can visit the website below…

Click here to learn more about National Poetry Day

Seaside Poetry

Seaside Poetry

In nursery we share our ideas in lots of different ways. This week we have been making 3D mind maps.

We started with a treasure box full of things that reminded us of the seaside.


We thought about all the things we knew about the seaside. We thought about the things we might see, hear, taste, feel and even smell. As we thought of ideas we shared them with our talk partners then we stretched out the words and Miss Hulme wrote them on cards or we sounded them out to write ourselves.


As we said an idea we found the object in the treasure chest. Then we passed around tubs with the different scents we might smell at the seaside like salty water, ice-cream or suncream.

Soon we had lots of ideas and we spread them out to make a mind map.¬†We thought of whether it was something we might hear, smell, taste, see or feel…

Then we used our mind map to make up poems about the seaside…

I can see … seagulls flapping

I can hear … waves swooshing

I can smell … salty seas

I can feel … sand tickling me

I can taste … ice-cream melting


I can see … water crashing

I can hear … seagulls squawking

I can smell … sunny sun-cream

I can feel … sand crunching

I can taste … cold ice-cream


We were learning…

To describe what we could see, hear, smell, taste and touch

To explore using all our senses

To think about describing words and learn new words

What poems are and how they are different to songs and stories

To talk about our own experiences

To sound out words to write

To sort and organise our ideas

How can you continue learning at home?

Encourage children to describe things. Rather than them saying something smells or tastes nice ask children what it reminds them of. Give them a choice of words and ask them why they like things or don’t like things. Describe things that you like – e.g. I like these sweets they are sour like lemons.

Books like Dear Zoo are great for teaching children about describing words. They can think of their own words to describe each animal. Or The Gruffalo where children can use the picture and think of their own words to describe The Gruffalo.

Fireworks and Bonfire Night


We had lots of fun learning about fireworks and Bonfire Night in Nursery.

We mixed brusho and food colouring into a tray of gloop (cornflour and water) to make fireworks. We use the tools to make lines and swirls.

DSCF7041 DSCF7012 DSCF7014

In the water tray we used oil mixed with food colouring to make it look like fireworks! We added glitter and used the whisks to mix them around.

DSCF7026 DSCF7024 DSCF7034 DSCF7032

In our special glittery play dough we used colourful matchsticks, stars and sparkly pipe cleaners to make our own fireworks.


We looked at firework pictures and listened to the sounds of fireworks to help us write firework poetry.

DSCF9113 DSCF9114 DSCF9116