The Coming of the Iron Man

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By Brenda Williams

This audio poem by Brenda Williams is based closely on the opening chapter of the well-known story, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.


Shared learning and teaching

  • Listen to the poem without prior discussion. Collect first responses. What do the children think it is about?
  • Listen again, giving specific clues to listen for. Ask for feedback again, and establish what is happening, justifying with words or phrases from the poem.
  • Ask children to imagine they are hidden on the beach, first at the beginning of the poem, then at daybreak. Listen to the poem, recording what they would hear, see, smell and feel. Discuss ideas, exploring why they would see/hear/feel things not explicitly stated.
  • Describe the Iron Man, referring to the poem’s imagery to explain how information about his size, appearance and mystery is conveyed. Discuss the descriptive devices used, introducing and explaining appropriate vocabulary (image, figurative, adjective, metaphor, simile, vivid).
  • Start a Working Wall display of the similes, metaphors and adjectives used. Discuss the effect of headlamp eyes… crablike hand.
  • Look at how repetition and near repetition are used for effect, as in Crashing… crashing; Scattered and battered; Silence, silence.
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  1. lilly
    on 7 January 2015

    the robot of iron man

    i like iron man ted hughes

    5out of 5
  2. Amy
    on 13 September 2014

    The iron man

    The book is so babyish except from the vocabulary

  3. maggie
    on 24 September 2013

    coming of the iron man (poem)

    we listened to this poem in class.I think its a very creative poem.I love it so much I have a copy of it in my room , and I read it every night.Its very well thought over. Probably the best poem about the iron man I've every heard.
    P.S I am not a stuck up!!!!!

  4. leah
    on 4 March 2013

    iron man

    it is fantaby toesy well done author not its a terrible book


  5. jessica
    on 22 May 2012

    the iron man

    i would say that this poem is so good i wish i can make a as good but im only 8 so i think i could but reading chapters all of them from the iron man book are very very very good indeed at school we are having a iron man assembly and im the iron man hand when on the hill in chapter 2 i like being it but it is kind of strange but i think ted huges is a great writer so as brenda willams.

  6. Chanterelle
    on 1 February 2012

    The coming of the iron man

    I love this book cause I read it in class

    5out of 5
  7. sarah
    on 2 January 2012

    the coming of the iron man

    i dont like the poem because i dont know what it is about

  8. moz
    on 15 August 2011

    Iron Man

    Fantastic resouces linked to a terrific novel. Adaptable for most of KS2.

  9. alex
    on 23 January 2011

    the Iron man body

    The iron man is as tall as a house .
    His head is as big as a bedroom
    but shaped like a dust bin.
    body is made out of iron.

  10. kiernan
    on 9 November 2010

    the Iron man

    where the Iron man in his trap