It’s Bonfire Night

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By Kevin McCann — Full-time Writer and Poet

This poster and the accompanying activity sheet text provide a topical pair of poems for Bonfire Night. Children can compare the way poet Kevin McCann creates a strong image in ‘It’s Bonfire Night’ with the quite different techniques used by Wes Magee in his shape poem, ‘Giant Rocket’.


Shared teaching and learning

Before reading

  • Share experiences of Bonfire Night celebrations. What did the children hear, see or smell? Can they name and describe any individual fireworks? Make a list of these together.
  • Compare the way the two poems are set out. Discuss shape poems that the children have read before. How did the poets create the shapes?
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