Similes and Metaphors KS2
Lower Key Stage 2:
The National Curriculum Notes and Guidance section suggests that children in Year 3 and 4 'should demonstrate understanding of figurative language.'
In LKS2, children will usually be introduced to similes, both so that they can recognise them when reading, and begin to use them as a descriptive device in their own writing.
Upper Key Stage 2:
The National Curriculum Notes and Guidance section suggests that children in Year 5 and 6 'should be taught the technical and other terms needed for discussing what they hear and read, such as metaphor, simile, analogy, imagery, style and effect.'
The following objectives are from the Years 5 and 6 programme of study:
Reading - comprehension:
- discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader.
Writing - composition:
- in writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed
In UKS2, children will be required to identify and discuss the use of figurative language such as simile and metaphor, and encouraged to use these devices within their own writing.