Here’s a set of eight new poems for primary school children by five leading contemporary children’s poets. To keep in touch by Liz Brownlee Remembering by Liz Brownlee The Family Book by Brian Moses Poets are Photographers by Paul Cookson Remembering is our duty by Paul Cookson Dear Mug by Roger Stevens In an old dog’s memory by Brian Moses Whole body memory by Jan Dean
Here is a sheaf of glorious lesson plans and activities on the theme of Remember. There is something for every age group and really excellent poets are involved, so download and read through them all when seeking inspiration. If you like any one in particular, let its creators know: all the NPD poetry partners – from England, Scotland and Wales – have been involved.
A free anthology from Macmillan Children's Books and National Poetry Day, featuring the National Poetry Day Children's Ambassadors. Enjoy!
Discover the fantastic work done by Kate Clanchy and Oxford Spires using contemporary poems featured in The Forward Book of Poetry 2015, and bring the lessons to your own classroom.
Splashing Out With Poetry: a reading and performance activity for Early Years. For National Poetry Day 2013 by Mandy Coe. Based on a poem by James Carter
Handfish and Jellyfish: writing, games and paper cut-outs for KS1. For National Poetry Day 2013 by Mandy Coe. Based on a poem by Roger McGough This activity includes writing poems, performance, colouring in cut-outs and a film-clip – all exploring NPDs theme of ‘water’. Depending on your Year Group, this activity can be broken into a series of short activities, or linked together and expanded to include an exploration of the water cycle and writing a short poem on the journey of one drop of water.
Flotsam, Jetsam and the Deeps: reading and writing activity for KS4. For National Poetry Day 2013 by Mandy Coe. Based on a poem by Michael Symmons Roberts
A comprehensive poetry analysis lesson plan for KS3 English students that uses Casia Wiliam’s poem ‘Help’ to encourage students to think more deeply about poetic voices and different meanings a poet might be trying to convey. Includes a copy of Casia William’s poem as well as links to external websites which discuss climate change in more detail.
A guide to exploring the theme of choice about our relationships with others in the context of troubling societal attitudes to inclusion and exclusion. For Key Stages 3-4 and featuring ‘Nothing Personal’ by John Mole.
This guide offers practical steps to utilise Poetry By Heart’s vast online collections to enjoy this National Poetry Day challenge on your own or with friends. For Key Stages 3-5 and featuring ‘We Wear the Mask’ by Paul Dunbar.
National Poetry Day, which this year is on 28th September, is an annual celebration of poetry and all things poetical. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry! For schools this can be a chance to make more of something already enjoyed throughout the school or it can be a launch pad for new experience and enjoyment. This toolkit is full of hints and tips to get your school celebrations started and to support best practice in the teaching of poetry.
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 online resources (for KS 1 - 5) to get your class started on their poetry day and check out our new toolkit which is full of ideas and inspiration. We also have posters to decorate your classroom, ideas for inspiring everyone to write a poem and advice on how to arrange for a poet to visit your school.
National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28th September and the theme is Freedom. National Poetry Day is about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry. Use this special resource created by the Betjeman Poetry Prize and explore ideas of freedom inspired by W E Henley's poem Invictus, and Nelson Mandela.
National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28 September. This activity was created by Georgi Gill for The Scottish Poetry Library. Inspired by Georgi's poem My Cat Mitzi it will help children explore the poem and how it makes them feel, and contains practical tips on writing poetry.
National Poetry Day is on 28th September, an annual celebration of poetry and all things poetical. This is one of a range for resources to help get everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry! Read this poem from Kate Wakeling's award winning new collection Moon Juice with years 3, 4 and 5, then use the suggestions to start the class thinking and talking, and writing their own poems.
National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28 September and the theme is freedom. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, enjoying poetry, and living poetry! For schools this can be a chance to make more of something already enjoyed throughout the school or it can be a launch pad for new experience and enjoyment. Based on a four day festival of poetry run with Hull primary schools as part of the No Limits Learning Programme, here is a pack of tips and activity ideas to help schools celebrate poetry on National Poetry Day and beyond.
National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28 September. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry. This activity has been created specially by the Poetry School. The Poetry School is a national organisation running classes and projects to teach poetry. This resource features the poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazurus, which is engraved onto the Statue of Liberty in New York, as a starting point for discussion and a writing exercise.
National Poetry Day 2017 is on 28 September and the theme is freedom. It’s about everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, and enjoying poetry. This activity was created for National Poetry Day 2017 by Russ Litten, First Story writer-in-residence in Hull. Called Yesterday and Today it includes ideas and inspiration to get young people thinking about and writing poetry.