National Poetry Day isn’t bounded by just one day: it’s a storehouse of ideas and activities free to use all year round, whether at home or in the (virtual/actual) classroom. Explore this site for ways to encourage student enjoyment of poetry, including brand new resources and activities to help all ages create new poems on the theme of Choice. And check out our competitions page for more exciting and rewarding activities for children and young people.
Read a poem
We have a selection of poems on the National Poetry Day 2021 theme of Choice to get your class inspired. Send us your recommendations, so we can add more as Thursday 7 October approaches.
Take part in #MyNPDPoem – use our free teaching resources
Want to get a group – the whole class or school – involved in poetry? Then last year’s #MyNPDPoem poetry writing challenge is a tried and tested way to get everyone writing and sharing poetry. Take a look at our bank of online resources to get started, plus posters for display on pinboards.
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
Kate Clanchy MBE, teacher and prize-winning author, has created From Poem to Poem, a 50-page workshop resource in PDF form enabling you to use contemporary poems as a springboard to creative writing, in groups, the classroom or among friends. It contains 12 chapters, each discussing a poem from a recent collection shortlisted for the Forward Prizes, plus creative responses written by her students.
To buy, please visit the Forward Arts Foundation website.
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 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. Head to the BBC Bitesize Writing Poetry page for more videos and tips from our Ambassadors Joseph Coelho and Simon Mole.
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.