When a word sounds like the noise it is describing, it is called onomatopoeia.
’Thud’, ‘crash’, ‘bang’, and ’buzz’ are all examples of onomatopoeia.
Watch this short clip to see some more examples.
Onomatopoeia can help to bring a story or poem to life for the reader.
It is often used to add humour as well because the words usually sound quite strange or are fun to say.
Watch the following clip in which poet Joseph Coelho talks about onomatopoeia and how you could use it in a poem.
Complete this ‘Sounding the same’ activity sheet.
Either print it out or write your answers on a separate piece of paper.
Imagine you are visiting a zoo, like Joseph Coelho was in the video.
Write down a list of all the onomatopoeia words you might hear in a zoo and what is making those noises.
Aim to write at least eight noises in your list.
Roar = an angry tiger
Plop = a penguin jumping into the water
Rustle = branches in the insect house
Now write your own onomatopoeia poem using the ideas you came up with in the sounding out activity.
You could use Joseph Coelho’s onomatopoeia poem from the video as inspiration.
For your poem you need to:
Write in sentences.
Write at least five lines.
Use a different onomatopoeia word in each line.
You could also:
Use rhyme (words that end with a similar sound)
Use alliteration (words that start with the same first sounds)
Add some illustrations to your poem showing pictures of the things that are making the sounds in the zoo.
Dividing a number by 10
When dividing, the digits move to the right since the number gets smaller.
Remember, the decimal point does not move!
To divide by 10, you move the digits one place to the right.
You can use place value charts to help divide by 10. This helps you to see how the digits decrease in value.
Below, there is a link to the BBC lesson and the White Rose video.
Have a go at these french games to practise your french words for clothes.