Tribal Poetry – Haiku & Tanka

This week Class 6 have been learning about Haiku and Tanka, both of which are forms of rhythmic poetry which are usually written about nature. A few of our own poems are below; please leave us a comment to let us know what you think!


By Jake…

Fast leopard running,
Eating up pray as he wants.
Nothing can stop him.

By Anastasia…

I sharpen my blades,
As sharp as a dragon’s tooth,
To saw down the trees.


By Natalie…

Bright and fresh flowers
Blow in the freezing breeze.
Clinging to my legs,
Never seen before my eyes,
Want to pick some but I can’t.

By Elisha…

Going to battle,
Show up and shine in the sun.
It’s a scary thought,
Going to battle with friends,
Me and my friends might get killed.

Rainforest Story – India & Alissa

By India and Alissa…

I woke up in the morning with the sound of water flowing in my ears; with strange noises as loud as lightning crashing on the ground. The smell of flowers and tropical trees made me feel at home. The birds were a rainbow in the sky blinding me. The leaves were as green as an apple.

The rain splashed on my head as an orang-utan passed over me in the trees. Suddenly, an anaconda struck for its pray. It was time to go hunting as the others were hungry. Creeping through the grass we shot for our pray. On the way back to camp I could see beady eyes staring at me.

Finally we made it back; the fire started. The rope as long as a giraffe’s neck to secure it. The burning fire was the sun shining in the dark.

Rainforest Description – Stefan

By Stefan…

I woke up in the rainforest. The birds were as loud as a drum and the waterfall was as loud as woodpeckers. The rain was as loud as the insects. The trees were as damp as the floor, and there was a snake which was as slimy as an eel.

The sounds were as loud as the rain and leaves fell like mad. The clouds went across the sky as fast as a tiger. The fungus was as smelly as dog poo!

Rainforest Story – Leah

By Leah…

I opened my eyes and saw a lot of wonderful bright colours. I was astonished with all of the animals and tropical plants. It was like a wonderful dream. I heard all the different kind of birds and the noises they made. It was like a parade with them all singing different tunes.

I stood up and wanted to look around. My eyes were beaming at the elegant waterfall as I wondered how the water falls to the ground and turns into a river. The trees were as tall as a dinosaur and in all sorts of different coloured leaves. The ground had lovely plants that I’ve never seen before. The tropical plants were colours like green, yellow and orange.

As the night drew in the sunset blinded me. The birds screamed as loud as a lion roars. The jungle was always noisy and the animals all made a different noise. Eventually I got to sleep but it was very hard!

My heart was racing because I was so excited to explore some more! When I started to explore I saw a beautiful bush with berries on and I picked one and put it in my mouth. It was delicious.

Alien Story – Natalie

By Natalie…

3013, 17th April, 56:29, day 1

It is the year 3013. My friends (Dominic, Callum, Oliver, Elliot and Keenan) and I live in London near a fighter’s hospital. It is called Strawley Hus (which in English means death hospital!). We hide in one of many little shelters that’s inside the hospital. We have the disappointment of having to live in World War Three where there are bombs exploding everywhere and bullets as sharp as daggers and as painful as death flying everywhere. We only have each other left as family. Oh! Got to go now, dinner time! Disgusting Grusser, a mixture of grass and gruel. YYYUUUCCCKKK!!!!!!!!

 3013, 19th April, 17:73 Day 3

I know I didn’t write in here yesterday but I was very busy. Yesterday something really bad happened. Callum, Keenan and Oliver went outside to get some oil for the hospital nurses (they love oil) when they got shot through both of their arms. I heard them shouting for help and the rest of us raced out and took them into some hospital beds where the nurses cared for them. Luckily they’re ok with just a couple a scars. I hope they recover soon.


Sorry about that, I was needed by a nurse immediately, if we don’t do what the nurses want we’re out, all of us. So we do what we’re told straight away! I hate the nurses and sometimes I have a strange feeling that they aren’t caring for the injured; the injured fighters never fight again after coming here. Tomorrow we’re going to investigate!

 3013, 20th April, Day 4

We went investigating today; we found out a lot about the nurses. All of the secret rooms in the hospital are full with dead fighters and we saw a nurse killing a fighter, eating his flesh and drinking his blood! MEGA YYYUUUCCCKKK!!! It was really disgusting and horrible and basically very scary. When we saw this happen we ran back to the ward that the three boys were on. We looked at all the beds and they were all EMPTY! *SCREAM! 

Alien Story – India

By India…

I was working in my lab late one night when the light turned off. It turned back on but there was a monster staring at me. It said “Hello” but in a different language, so I quickly rang my best friends Alissa and Kensey and told them to come to my lab. The monster was jiggling closer to me so I ran to the doors but they were locked from the outside. Alissa and Kensey finally got there and they opened the door and screamed. They came to me and said “is it friendly or is it mean?” I thought that it was friendly.

The monster gave us all a letter which said “Our planet is in trouble please can you save it for us?” We went to Planet Zurg to save all the monsters in my flying machine. When we finally got there, there was no water in the water hole! There was nothing to eat or nothing to drink!

I went back home and went shopping to get my mind off all of the monsters. I bought some food and water for the monsters but it cost £1000. When I eventually got it in my flying machine I headed back to planet Zurg, but by the time I got there 20 of them had died!!!!!!!!! I started to feel very sick but I gave them the food and the water and then went home. Then I went in the living room and watched the news. It said that the monsters had gone extinct.

We went back to planet Zurg and there were 2 more monsters left in a dark cave. I gave them some water and 3 months later I went to visit and there was baby monsters. All of the land had grown back and there was water in the water hole and it was great to see that they were ok!!!

Alien Story – Bradley

By Bradley…

It has been two years since the aliens have taken over; who let them? Here I am with Corny thirsty for action and Louse ready for anything. The aliens have destroyed most of the world thanks to their leader. We only have Area 57 to defend the world or it belongs to them.

There are millions of Zorgiesna, it’s a good job we have alien technology. In Area 57 there are gadgets from different planets. There are also Ray guns and the Zorgiesna’s worst enemy, SALT! If they touch salt they shrivel up and die a slow death. Otherwise they live for 400 years.

As we used the detector to look for alien life forms the light got dimmer and dimmer. Suddenly, out of know where, came a three foot Zorgiesna trying to hypnotise us. If you look into the mouth you turn into stone. As they ran towards us we got the Ray gun out and shot them.