Calligrams, or shape poems as they are otherwise known, are poems written in the shape of the subject.

We have spent the past two weeks in English lessons looking at some examples where the poem is a single word, some where the poem’s shape is made with the words and some where the words fill the shape.

The children have made some excellent calligrams about things they would find in a garden. Here are just a few:

How you can help at home:

Children should read and respond to a range of poetry. They should learn to perform poetry using rhythm and intonation. They should recognise the writing layout is different to a story or set of instructions.

The Poetry Paint box books are a great introduction to poetry and learning rhymes by heart is a useful skill.

As adults we can usually recall rhymes we learned when we were young. One of my favourites is halfway up the stairs by AA Milne.

Halfway down the stairs is a stair where I sit,

There isn’t any other stair quite like it,

It’s not at the bottom, it’s not at the top,

So this is the stair where I always stop.

Here is a lovely link to a Muppets version:

Why not teach your child a favourite poem of your own?