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Bush fire
Poem from Red Cherry Red by Jackie Kay
That fire, they said, was red as red as red
as red as a fox, your lips, a cherry;
that fire, they said spread and spread and spread,
faster than a cheetah or a nasty rumour;
that fire, they said, was hot, so hot, so hot,
hotter than lava or an African summer.That fire, they said, was angry, very angry.
For three roaring days, it danced wildly, wildly, wildly.
Wild as flamenco, strip the willow, a Highland fling.
That fire, they said, had a big bad mouth,
swearing, spluttering, ‘Bring it on! Bring it on!’That fire, they said, wolfed down the lot –
the lovely little homes, the trees, the land.
That fire, they said, left nothing behind at all:
one blackened trail, one sad scorched story. 
From Red Cherry Red


This poem features a lot of repetition. Why do you think the author included this? 

Identify the rhyme scheme in the poem "Bush Fire". *remember rhyme schemes are named with letters- ex. AABB.

Find an example of personification in the poem. 

Find an example of a hyperbole in the poem.

Find an example of a simile. 

Can you identify another poetic device from the list below in the poem? 

Can you identify the authors message in this poem? What is the main idea?

Poetic Devices Glossary

  • Alliteration – repetition of the sound at a beginning of a word (Peter’s perfect pens)

  • Imagery – words so descriptive they create a picture in the reader’s mind

  • Metaphor – an image created by referring to something as something else (He is a pig)

  • Onomatopoeia – words that sound like their meaning (crash/bang/pop)

  • Personification – giving an object human qualities (the wind whistled)

  • Repetition – words/phrases/sentences and structures repeated

  • Rhyme/Rhythm – the use of rhyming words to give the poem a beat

  • Simile – a comparison of two things using ‘like’ and ‘as’ (as cold as ice)

  • Hyperbole- an exaggeration 


Writing Task: To create your own poem. You will be either building on the first verse you created yesterday or starting a new poem of your choice.

 Step 1: Brainstorm

You can write a poem about anything. Take some time to make a list of things that interest you. 

Step 2: Organise your thinking

View document plan_for_final_poem.docx

Step 3: Write a rough draft of your poem. 

Success Criteria: 

My poem follows a specific rhyme scheme.

 My poem contains 3 verses- each with 4 lines. 

My poem contains at least 3 poetic devices.

 My poem follows one theme throughout (example: football, nature, family)

Check that you have met each of the points on the success criteria after you have written your rough draft. You can then complete a good copy. Please send finished product to by Monday!

Maths Challenge: 



Have a lovely weekend year 5's! Make sure to get outside and get some exercise and fresh air. 

Miss Pritoula 



Have a lovely weekend year 5's! Make sure to get outside and get some exercise and fresh air. 

Miss Pritoula