Poetry Inspired By Michael Rosen


After enjoying some of Michael Rosen’s poetry by watching Michael himself on his website, and listening to Mr. Handy read from ‘You Tell Me’, the children in Year 5 wrote some poems about ordinary events.

The only guidelines they had were:
1. Write 5-6 sentences about something, anything, you’ve done recently.
2. Choose a word, phrase or sentence that could act as a ‘chorus’ (“up to town”, “a frying pan without a handle”. “going mad in the back” were all picked up on from Michael’s poems by the children.)
3. Write 10-12 lines inspired by the poems that had been listened to.

In less than 30 minutes from start to finish the children had written some super poems, and even the most sceptical of them had to admit they were poets!

Here are some of the highlights…
(The poems have been typed out almost exactly as written by the children. Layout & punctuation have not been changed – only a few spellings have been corrected for ease of reading.)

Last week I went to Clacton Pier.
I was scared.
There were trampolines,
a roller coaster.
But I was scared.
Bumper cars and
sky high rides.
Still I was scared.
There were racing cars
that went fast.
Unfortunately I was still scared.
There was a trampoline
bungee jump thing that
I went on.
Really, I was scared.
There was a ride
that went in a circle shape
that went really fast.
I went on it too.
Totally. I was scared.
I hope they put a nicer ride on.
– Lucas M

It was Sunday morning,
my Nan said I had to get ready for football.
But I didn’t want to.
I had to do my teeth,
but I didn’t want to.
I had to do my hair,
but I didn’t want to.
I had to put my boots on,
but I didn’t want to.
I had to go and play football,
but I didn’t want to.
I had to get in the bath…
I wanted to!
– Archie D

On Monday,
I watched YouTube.
On Tuesday,
I watched YouTube.
On Wednesday,
I watched YouTube.
On Thursday,
I watched YouTube.
On Friday,
I watched YouTube.
On Saturday,
I watched YouTube.
On Sunday,
I watched YouTube.
Yesterday,
I watched YouTube.
Last week,
I watched YouTube.
Last month,
I watched YouTube.
Last year,
I watched YouTube.
Today,
I watched YouTube.
I like YouTube.
– Cian M

On Sunday I woke up early.
But I was too lazy to get up.
Mum told me to get changed.
But I was too lazy to.
We went in the Air Ambulance, then the shopping mall – Mum told me to keep walking even though my legs ached.
But still I was too lazy to.
I wish I walked all the way home.
But I definitely was too lazy to.
We went back home and Mum told me to carry a bag.
But yet again I was too lazy to.
I said that hopefully this will be the last time
I ever go shopping.
– Rhys C

Every night / what do you want for Christmas?
My aunt / what do you want for Christmas?
Mum and Dad / what do you want for Christmas?
Grandad / what do you want for Christmas?
Uncle / what do you want for Christmas?
Cousin / what do you want for Christmas?
It is driving me crazy.
– Anthony C

At the weekend me and my brother come home from school.
“Can we go on the tablets?”
“After you’ve got your coats off.”
Me and my brother took our coats off.
“Can we go on the tablets now?”
“After you have dinner.”
Me and my brother had dinner.
“Can we go on the tablets?”
“Can we go on the tablets?”
“After you get into bed.”
Me and my brother get into bed.
“Can we please go on the tablets?”
“Good night kids.”
– Ivy C

On Saturday, I play the violin.
Violin lessons last 30 minutes.
On Saturday.
The while thing lasts 3 hours.
On Saturday.
We had to carry everything around.
On Saturday.
I wake up at 7.30.
On Saturday.
I’m exhausted.
– Molly T

Last night I watched “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!”
Mum was at work until 10pm.
I was bored.
When I went to bed.
Mum still wasn’t there.
I laid in bed.
I couldn’t get to sleep.
I was bored.
Ten minutes later I was still bored.
Mum came in the door.
I was not bored.
I was asleep.
– Oscar D

I was at home all day
because my nose was bleeding.
All day I did not go to school
because my nose was bleeding.
I can’t go out with my friend
because my nose was bleeding.
I didn’t go to the shops
because my nose was bleeding.
I couldn’t go and get my new tracksuit
because my nose was bleeding.
I couldn’t go to my Mum’s friend’s
because my nose was bleeding.
I hope my nose doesn’t bleed any more.
– Mason O

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