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Please complete 'Lesson 3' for today's twenty minute Phonics lesson. smiley


Don't forget that in school, we spend 20 minutes each day practising our handwriting too. If you don't have time to do this today, then anytime you are writing, please take time to start and finish your letters in the correct places and ensure that they are sat on the ground line! yes

Over the next few lessons we are going to be learning to recognise simple recurring language in poetry.


This is the anthology of poetry that I am using in this sequence of lessons:


WALA patterns in language such as repeated words and phrases.


What is Repetition?


Repetition is when a certain word, sentence or phase is written more than
once in a poem.


Repetition is used in poetry and prose to help make the poem more interesting and to help create patterns. 

Repetition helps draw the reader’s attention to a thought, idea, or feeling. It can make the main idea of the poem more memorable.

Just as readers enjoy rhythm and rhyme in poems, repetition can also be pleasant. Here are a few ways you can include repetition in your poems.



Repeat the Beginnings of Lines

Probably the easiest way to include repetition in a poem is to repeat the first words of each line through most or all of the poem. Pick a few words that describe the main idea of your poem and use those words over and over again.

For example, if you were writing a poem to tell someone how nice they are, you might begin each line with, “I like you because…” If you were writing a poem about what gifts you would like from Santa Claus for Christmas, you might start each line with, “This Christmas I want…”

And your repeated phrase doesn’t have to be long. It can be just one or two words, such as “You are…” or “School is…”


Repeating a Line

Another way to emphasize or strengthen the idea of a poem is to repeat a single line over and over, possibly on every other line.


Repeating Several Lines

When you repeat several lines, or an entire stanza, throughout a poem, this is called a “refrain.” In a song it’s called a “chorus.” Using refrains is another way to emphasize or strengthen the main idea or feeling of your poem. And because a refrain in a poem can be just like a chorus in a song, using refrains can make your poems feel or sound more like songs.




Now read the poem below by Danielle Sensier.

It is called, 'my cat doesn't love.'


Can you spot any words or phrases that are repeated?

Why do you think these words are repeated?

What do you think the poet wants you to understand/ know about her cat?

Does the repetition help with this? How?


You can discuss your responses to these questions with your family and ask your parents to send these to me with your work or write some sentences to record your responses.