We are the Universe

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the relationship between the way we are all connected because we all came from stars. It includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by 'Roll up! Roll up!', a new poem by Cheryl Moskowitz, commissioned for About Us.

Key Stages 1-3

Topics: Earth and space, the journey of star, supernova, light years, black holes

Literary features: rhyme, syllabics, glose poems

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We are Cell Tissue

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the topic of cell tissue, and specifically epithelium. It includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Kitty Joyce's 'Epithelium', a winning poem in the Young Poets Network Human Cell Atlas Challenge 2021, in partnership with the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) and One Cell At A Time, part of the Human Cell Atlas..

Key Stages 4 & 5

Topics: epithelium, cells and their functions, Surrealism

Literary features: word association, similes and metaphors, enjambment

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We are Mycelium

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the relationship between trees and fungus/ mycelium. It focuses on the idea of symbiosis, and the role mycelium plays in the ecosystem. It includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Brooke Nind's 'Mycelium Under the Canopy', a winning poem in the Young Poets Network Poems to Solve the Climate Crisis Challenge 2021, in partnership with People Need Nature.

Key Stages 4 & 5

Topics: mycelium, trees and mushrooms, symbiosis, climate change, ecosystem

Literary features: voice (first person), tenses, repetition (anaphora)

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We are Liquid Stars

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the relationship between the human body and outer space. It focuses on the blood, and the idea that the chemicals in our body once came from stars. It includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Celeste Herriotts' 'Blood', a winning poem from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020.

Key Stages 2 & 3

Topics: human body, blood and the circulatory system, Earth and space

Literary features: voice (first and second person), personification, imagery, dynamic verbs

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We are Trees

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the relationship between trees, names and identity. It focuses on Maple trees, and includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Talulah Quinto's 'Maple', a winning poem from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019.

Key Stages 3-5

Topics: trees, the ecosystem, biodiversity, identity, naming

Literary features: repetition (anaphora), tenses, symbolism, adjectives, juxtaposition

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We are the Sea

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the relationship between humans and the sea. It focuses on whales, and includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Isaac Graaf's 'The New Guy', a winning poem from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2006.

Key Stages 1 & 2

Topics: whales, echolocation, humans and the sea, sealife

Literary features: point of view, comic voice

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Illustration of a small Christmas tree smiling in a forest

The Christmas Pine: The Tree Speaks Back!

In these activities for KS1 and KS2, children read Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson's new poem 'The Christmas Pine' and are invited to find out more about their favourite plant and write a dramatic monologue from its perspective. A great activity for the end of term, with links to science and learning about other cultures, this plan can be completed as a class, in groups or individually. Children can follow the poem frame or make up their own structure. It can be made to be very Christmassy - or not Christmassy at all!

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For added inspiration, don't forget to read Julia's poem 'The Christmas Pine', commissioned as part of The Poetry Society's annual Look North More Often programme, and performed by three children from St Mary of the Angels Primary School here.

Illustrations by Marcus Walters.

 

Cosmic Disco

Using her own poem about the stars and the universe, Grace Nichols inspires students to write both creatively and scientifically. At a glance: science, Grace Nichols, dance, space, personification.

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