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Danesfield Church of England School Living and Learning Together

Summer 1

Poetry study

Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner and an eclectic mix of rhymes, verses and lyrics

In this unit, pupils explore poetry as an art form and an expression of meaning. A variety of poetry is studied in order for pupils to analyse the various techniques employed by selected poets. We take advantage of being on Coleridge's front door step and study his work in the setting of its creation.


Canonical favourites are studied such as Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. Pupils enjoy performing this poem in our school woods and often stand awhile in thought, considering how 'burbling' and 'whiffling' might actually look as a physical movement.


Pupils also have the chance to experiment with their own style, crafting and drafting their own ideas into poetic form. Some pupils choose to enter their poems into both internal and external competitions.