Writing number poems about cricket
Activity 1.6 Writing number poems about cricket
Curriculum Area English
NC Objectives English En1 1e), 2d), 8a) & 9a) and En2 4f), 4g), 4h), 4i) & 8c) and En3 1), 2), 3), 4), 5a), 9d), 11) & 12)

Main learning objective

To write poetry about cricket using numbers as the focus and know what rhyming couplets are.


Lesson plan and supporting resources

Introduction 15 minutes
  • Discuss different forms of poetry and then carry out shared reading of ‘Cricket poetry’ as a class, which can be found within the Supporting Material section of this module. Identify the rhyming patterns of ‘alternate line rhyme’ and ‘rhyming couplets’.
  • Explain that they will be writing number poems about cricket and that they will use rhyming couplets.
  • Carry out shared writing for some ideas and begin with the first line of “In cricket there are 50 overs - in the one day game” and the second line could be “194 is the highest one day score – Saeed Anwar was his name!”
  • Discuss any more important numbers like 6 balls in an over, 11 players in a team, 2 umpires, etc before introducing the ‘Cricket statistics’ worksheet and showing where numbers could be found. The sheet ‘Important cricket numbers’ can be used to help with the more common numbers associated with cricket. These resources are available within the Supporting Material section of this module.


Main Activity 30 Minutes

Provide the class with the ‘Writing number poems about cricket’ worksheet from the Activity section and the ‘Cricket statistics’ worksheet from the Supporting Material section and they use the statistics to identify numbers from cricket records to base their poem on. Alternatively the class can use the Internet to research records and statistics.

Plenary 15 Minutes
  •  Move around the class and allow pupils to read their poems aloud to the class.
  • The rest of the class listen and must spot the rhyming pattern used, if any.


Interactive Resources

The following resource is available as an interactive resource within this module. Click on the link below to access it from the Activity section.