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Kempsey Primary School

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Week Beginning 18th May 2020


This week we will be looking at a poem by Kit Wright called The Magic Box.  We will also explore the art of performance poetry and hope to create our own year two version of The Magic Box.  If there are enough entries, the poem will be performed by Mr Hands and Mr Ricks and posted on the school's youtube page.  Get those entries in. 
Have a look at the youtube clip below which shows a piece of artwork created using the poem, The Magic Box as inspiration.  The children drew the ideas they read about in the poem by Kit Wright.  Why not have a go and send your finished pieces of art into us.  We would love to see them. 

Thursday 21st May and Friday 22nd May 2020

Over the next two days spend time writing and presenting your own poem called The Magic Box. When writing the poem think about the following:

  • structure: number of lines in a verse
  • begin some verses with 'I will put in the box...'
  • verses 5 and 6 are different
  • language: using creative verbs, nouns and adjectives
  • punctuation: use capital letters, commas and full stops similar to the original


We have attached a sheet which will give the children a structure when they write, feel free to use if you wish.  Use your plan from yesterday's session to help you.  Take your time to write your poem.  In class we would take more than one session to write/edit and another session to present it neatly using our best handwriting. If you do finish, why not draw the images that you use in your poem.  It would be great to read these so do get them into school, they may even appear on the school's youtube channel.   

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Today's session will focus on planning our own poem based on The Magic Box by Kit Wright.  Use the planning sheet which is attached below.  If you find 6 verses too much to plan for, miss out verse 3 (and 4 if needed) and make sure you have planned verses 5 and 6 which are at the bottom of the planning sheet. When planning our writing, we try to encourage the children to use notes.  Don't forget to write down interesting verbs, adjectives and nouns.   If you need inspiration there are quite a few examples on line. 

Tuesday 19th May 2020

The first part of the session looks at the different word groups: nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Read through the poem, The Magic Box, and write a list of words that go in the different word groups.  There is a worksheet below to fill in, or just record them in your yellow book.


Following this, the session looks at the art of performing a poem.  There are a couple of examples to look at all involving the poet Michael Rosen.  Click on the link that will take you to his website.  Watch a few videos and think about the following:

Is he:

  • Loud or quiet?
  • Fast or slow?
  • Serious or funny?

Are there:

  • Silly voices or normal voices?
  • One voice at a time or everyone together?

Does he:

  • add actions or drama?
  • use sound effects?
  • use exaggeration? 


Task:  Have a go at performing the poem, The Magic Box with your family. Try and use the techniques listed above. Enjoy!

Monday 18th May 2020

The aim of today's session is to become familiar with the poem The Magic Box by Kit Wright.  Using the links below you will find a video recording, plus a copy of the poem.  Once you have read and watched the poem answer the questions below.  Record your answers in your yellow book.  There is also a worksheet, where you can add your own ideas into the original poem. 

Questions to think about:

  • How many different sights, sounds, smells, tastes does the writer put inside the box?  Which of the ideas is your favourite?
  • Identify how the writer describes different things (nouns): How has the write described the snowman’s belly or the uncle?
  • How many lines are in each verse? Discuss what a verse is?
  • How can you tell when a verse ends?
  • Look at how and when capital letters and full stops are used.
  • What is verse 5 about? It begins, ‘My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel’
  • What is verse 6 about? It begins, ‘I shall surf in my box’

Discuss the pattern of the poem and how the last two paragraphs change to become what the box is made from (this could be favourite things) and what the writer will do with the box (this could be a hobby or travel to a place they dream about visiting)

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