Using similes can really improve your poems!


This quiz introduces children in Key Stage 1 to the idea of similes. The key aim in this quiz is for them to learn that the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ are used and that the content should involve comparing two items or things. This will aid the poetry section of their curriculum, and add to their expanding knowledge of the English language and literacy.

When learning poetry, you may learn about similes. A simile is when you compare two things, like ‘her hair was as gold as the sun.’ Here we are comparing hair to the sun. We would always compare these two things with the words ‘like’ or ‘as’.

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  1. Which two words do similes always use to compare?
    A simile will always have either the word 'like ' or 'as' in it.
  2. Finish this simile: slow as a...
    Although giraffes aren't necessarily fast animals, we always pick the most obvious and extreme possibility. We do this for effect.
  3. Finish the simile: fluffy like...
    The reason poets use similes is to create an image, a vision in your mind, of what they are trying to say.
  4. Finish this simile: As tall as a...
    Giraffes are the tallest animals on the planet!
  5. Finish this simile: Strong like a...
    Here you have to think of the strongest item on the list, which is a bull.
  6. Finish this simile: Without her glasses she is as blind as a ...
    This is a common saying but the truth is, many bats can see and do have good vision!
  7. She was brave _ a lion. What's the missing word?
    We are comparing someone being brave to being like a lion - this is what a simile is!
  8. Finish this simile: He runs as fast as...
    When we compare two things, it has to be relevant. If we said someone ran as fast as a snail, that wouldn't make sense as snails are slow.
  9. Smile _ a hyena. What's the missing word?
    This means you are giving a really broad, wide smile.
  10. Finish this simile: She went as red as a...
    The average strawberry has around 200 seeds in it.

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