The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse KS1 Classic Poetry Lesson


A complete lesson based on the classic poem ‘The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse’ by Christina Rossetti. Includes guidance for performance. This lesson has been designed to meet the following National Curriculum objectives:
• Listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently (Year 1)
• Learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart (Year 1)
• Continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear (Year 2)


The 9 slide PPT contains:
• The poem with supporting visual images
• Background information about the poet and poem
• Discussion questions
• Guidance for performing the poem
• An optional writing activity which requires pupils to write in role

The resource also includes differentiated comprehension worksheets.
The discussion questions and comprehension worksheets enable pupils to gain a good understanding of the poem prior to performance. The optional writing activity enables teachers to extend the lesson into a two or three session unit of work should they wish to do so.

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