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English - KS3

Halt the Clock

Dilton Marsh Classroom
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to recall, identify, and understand the importance and purpose of structural choices in poetry.
2 hours


Do you ever wish that you could stop the clock and keep changes at bay?

John Betjeman certainly did, as explored through his poem Dilton Marsh Halt.

In this lesson, we introduce students to a range of poetic structure techniques, and explore how Betjeman utilised them to reveal his feelings.

End the lesson with a nod to nostalgia by asking students to create their own poems in the style of Betjeman.

Curriculum Links

KS3 English

  • Knowing the purpose, audience for and context of writing, and drawing on this knowledge to support comprehension.
  • Read critically through knowledge of how language, vocabulary, grammar, text structure and organisational features present meaning.
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The station in the poem is Dilton Marsh.

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