Sounds Interesting!

Bring poetry and the coast together in this vibrant writing challenge

Years: 3, 4

Duration: 70mins

Curriculum Objectives: 11

Subject: English

Resource Overview

Using the fabulous Sound Collector poem written by Roger McGough the children are given the chance to collect their very own sounds in a lesson perfect, not only for creative writing, but also for developing excellent speaking and listening skills.The children can work independently, in pairs or as a whole class to produce a piece of writing perfect for performance.

Resource Assets


Sounds Interesting! planning board

Help the children focus their ideas and follow the rhythm of the poem


Sounds Interesting! planning board - supported

Additional scaffolding for children who may find descriptive language a challenge


Sounds Interesting! Lesson Plan

A fully editable plan written for use in a coastal environment but easily adapted to wherever you wish


Sounds Interesting! Games

Designed to help children finely tune their listening skills before tackling the main activity


The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

A PowerPoint version - preferably introduced to the children before this lesson



Sounds Interesting! Activity

Support the children to write their own Sound Collector poem

Curriculum Objectives

  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.
  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Assess effectiveness, and suggest improvements, for their own and others’ writing.
    • Compose and rehearse sentences orally, progressively building a rich vocabulary and a range of sentence structures.
    • Discuss and record ideas.
    • Discuss texts similar to their planned pieces of writing, in order to understand and learn from them
    • Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.