National Poetry Day isn’t bounded by just one day: it’s a storehouse of ideas and activities free to use all year round. Explore this site for ways to celebrate with poetry in school, including the Toolkit for Schools. And check out our competitions page for more exciting and rewarding activities for children and young people.
Thanks to our partners at Browns Books for Students whose support makes our schools activity possible, and to our poetry partners for their help with our resources.
Read a poem
We have a selection of poems on the National Poetry Day 2019 theme of “Truth” to get your class inspired. Send us your recommendations, so we can add more as Thursday 3 October approaches.
Try an activity – use our free teaching resources
Take a look at our bank of online resources to get your class started, plus posters to decorate your classroom and download this poetry lesson with a difference created specially by poet Simon Mole, you can watch the accompanying video below. You’ll find more of Simon’s great poetry videos and resources here produced for our partners at the National Literacy Trust.
Take over the school
What happens when a school becomes a seed-bed for poetry? With poetry books as the seed packets? In 2015, the poet Kate Clanchy of Oxford Spires Academy decided to find out, by encouraging students throughout the school to raid the Forward Book of Poetry for inspiration for work of their own. The results are two marvellous books England, Poems from a School, and Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, which have drawn the highest praise from Philip Pullman and Imtiaz Dharker. Our collaboration is documented here, in The Poetry Takeover, a poetry anthology that is also a treasure trove of teaching ideas.
Write a Poem with Kate
Now’s the time to start! Poems often grow from poems, and Kate Clanchy has created a great activity, based on her work at Oxford Spires, to get you started.
BBC Teach Live Lessons bring the curriculum to life with leading experts and access to the BBC’s biggest brands and talent. The Poetry Live Lesson is one of a series of eight new half hour interactive webcasts for schools. Find out more at bbc.com/livelessons and follow @BBC_Teach for regular updates on all upcoming Live Lessons.
The Scottish Poetry Library has a great selection of poems, posters and resources too, while the new Children’s Poetry Archive website is a treasure trove of poems for children available round the clock.
Let us know how you get on
Don’t forget to let us know what you get up to with #nationalpoetryday, so that we can share your work with our supporters.