National Poetry Day planning picks

Engage students in verse ahead of National Poetry Day with these lesson plans and activity ideas

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National poetry day resources

Lesson ideas and activities for National Poetry Day

Whether it's playing with this year's theme of 'The Environment' or encouraging older students to delve deeper into poetry, we've pulled together a hand-picked collection of lesson plans and activities you can use to awaken a love of poetry in your learners.

Themed resources

Explore National Poetry Day's full pack of inspiring resources for 2022 or browse even more poetry themed resources in PoetryDayUk's shop.  

National Poetry Day 2022 Resources
PoetryDayUk

National Poetry Day 2022 Resources

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There are lots of ways to celebrate poetry on National Poetry Day, or any day of the year. Take a look at our bank of resources to get your class started on their poetry day and to celebrate with us!

Primary resources

Limericks, haikus, sonnets… poems come in many forms. Discover and analyse the different types of poetry before encouraging your pupils to write some of their own with these stimulating classroom activities.

Poetry Train
The Poetry Society

Poetry Train

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Poetry Train is a teachers pack of activities, poems and advice for teaching poetry in primary schools. David Harmer and Roger Stevens share proven approaches for use in the classroom, based on brilliant poems by top poets such as Carol Ann Duffy and Jackie Kay.
Boris the Spider Rhyming Poetry worksheets
Hachette Schools

Boris the Spider Rhyming Poetry worksheets

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This worksheet is based on the funny rhyming poem, 'Boris the Spider' written by Damian Harvey and illustrated by Daniel Postgate, in the Leapfrog Rhyme Time series. There is a sample spread from the book and two activities. The first asks children to fill in the missing rhyming words and the second...
Rainforest Poetry
Alice K

Rainforest Poetry

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'Who lives here?' PowerPoint introduces a 'conversation' poem about the creatures and habitat of the rainforest. It provides a structured step by step lesson to support composition. It also allows reinforcement of parts of speech particularly verbs and prepositions. Extended poetry task also p...
Phonics Screening Poetry -Phase 5
littlemisstechnical

Phonics Screening Poetry -Phase 5

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This is a lovely way to revise Phase 5 and have a go at reading alien words ready for the Phonics Screening Check. The booklet includes a little poem to revise each Phase 5 sound, the children then need to look closely at the poem to find the words that have that sound in, as well as read the word...

Secondary resources

Spread your love of poetry with the help of these lesson ideas and imaginative tasks. Jam-packed with explanatory notes, suggested discussion points and ready-to-use exercises, there’s plenty to get the creativity flowing.

Poetry Escape Room
EnglishGCSEcouk

Poetry Escape Room

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English poetry themed escape room. Students recap structure, language, imagery, language techniques, vocabulary and other key skills and knowledge around English Literature through the stimulus of poetry. Perfect for the end of term or end of unit, students work in groups to solve a range of myster...
Newspaper Blackout Poetry
jamestickle86

Newspaper Blackout Poetry

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A new type of poetry that involves using newspapers to create poems. The poem is inside the text; pupils must find it. Suitable for KS2, KS3 and KS4 ***You will need newspapers and marker pens***
Unseen Poetry - Analysing Language!
TandLGuru

Unseen Poetry - Analysing Language!

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This engaging and interesting lesson enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse the language features of previously unseen poems. In particular, they define and understand each of the key language devices, practice identifying them in poems and analyse their effectiveness...