Education

#MyNPDPoem

Wondering how to involve the whole class – or whole school – in poetry? Then take part in the #MyNPDPoem poetry writing challenge.

In association with CLPE and with the support of ALCS, #MyNPDPoem encourages schools everywhere to create poems, performances, displays and their own special poetry anthologies as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for National Poetry Day. For NPD certificates of participation, just download this beautiful template.

Children aged 6 to 13 are invited to write a poem on the NPD theme Truth. They can write individually or with friends: topics could include the truth about family, the truth about school. A day outside looking at trees or animals might provoke a poem about the truths the natural world reveals. Young poets may want to share hidden truths about the way they feel about the world. Or maybe they’ll want to explore the opposite of truth – lies!

CLPE have created a resource to help spark ideas here.

And poets Michael Rosen, Karl Nova, Rachel Rooney, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Joseph Coelho and Simon Mole have made inspirational films, full of ideas and inspiration. We also have a specially created resource to accompany Simon’s film, which you can download here.

Once children have written poems, share them on National Poetry Day by tagging pictures on Instagram or Twitter with #MyNPDPoem. You could hold your own poetry show on National Poetry Day: just invite everyone to perform their poems aloud and present each young poet with an NPD certificate. Be sure to register your event on the NPD map so we can make a noise about your achievement.

Schools are also invited to publish the poems as books for pupils to take home to their friends and families, using Scholastic’s We Are Writers scheme. The books can be sold to raise money for the school or other charities.

Everyone who writes an original work automatically owns the copyright, regardless of their age, and #MyNPDPoem is supported by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). Find free resources and information explaining copyright to young people on the ALCS website.

Email us at info@forwardartsfoundation.org with any questions.

We can’t wait to hear children’s Truth poems and watch their #MyNPDPoem poetry performances. We look forward to highlighting the most enthusiastic schools and teachers as well as the most talented young poets.