Poetry in the Woods

Forests provide plenty of inspiration to enable children to compose poetry and write stories. A forest visit also provides numerous topics suitable for non-fiction reading and writing.

Years: 3

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 10

Subject: English

Resource Overview

Using the poem, 'Tribute to Trees,' by Elizabeth Barling as a stimulus, this resource provides opportunities to develop the spoken word as well as comprehension, composition and performance skills. Activities include exploring acrostic poems, haiku and storytelling as well as follow up work for back in the classroom.


Thank you to the Forestry Commission for allowing us to share this resource.

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan

Students will explore and use an abundance of language in a wonderfully creative environment.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Assess effectiveness, and suggest improvements, for their own and others’ writing.
    • Check that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining word meanings in context.
    • Compose and rehearse sentences orally, progressively building a rich vocabulary and a range of sentence structures.
    • Discuss and record ideas.
    • Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
    • Identify how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning.
    • Listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, reference books or textbooks.
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing.
    • Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear.
    • Prepare poems and plays to read aloud and perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that meaning is clear to an audience.