National Poetry Day resources

Added 10 Sep 2019

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National Poetry Day is coming up on Thursday 3 October 2019! The theme for this year is truth, and we have a number of free classroom resources to help teachers celebrate the day and explore truth through poetry. We also have book suggestions, tips and activities for parents.

National Poetry Day resources

We have teamed up with National Poetry Day to create two classroom resources for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

The National Poetry Day lesson plan resources provide a set of activities about fake news versus truth. Students are given an example poem and asked to create their own in a similar style, then perform it.

Each lesson plan includes:

  • A starter to get pupils involved and discussing the topic of fake news
  • A poetry relay activity
  • A writing activity where pupils create their own poem

The activities are clearly linked to the national curriculum for Key Stage 2 and 3. They support learning and developing confidence in writing, storytelling, working together and performance.

Digital poet in residence resource

We have also worked with professional poet Simon Mole to create a Key Stage 2 lesson plan all about truth, with an accompanying YouTube video, so that you can have a poet in your classroom this National Poetry Day!

The lesson plan includes:

  • A warm up game to introduce the theme of truth
  • A writing activity which asks pupils to write a narrative poem based on a true story
  • Further suggestions for poetry activities and games

We also have lots more brilliant poetry resources from Simon Mole - and they're all completely free!

For parents

Celebrating National Poetry Day isn't just for schools! We have a book list of brilliant poetry books for children aged 0 to 11 - why not see if you can pick some up from your local library ahead of 3 October?

We also spoke to poet Joseph Coelho who shared his tips for engaging children with poetry, and created a fun poetry 'mad libs' game to print and play with your child.

For more poetry resources visit the National Poetry Day website.