Bringing poetry to life

Classroom Materials

Lesson plans and activities for all key stages, built around Poetry Archive recordings and offering lively, engaging ways of working with poetry at all Key Stages.

Key Stage 1 Materials

Granny Is - teaching ideas on Valerie Bloom, Michael Rosen and others.

Key Stage 3 Materials

I, Too - lessons on this famous poem and many more past and present.

Key Stage 5 Materials

Green Lane - lessons on Stephanie Norgate, Fergus Allen and others.

Key Stage 2 Materials

Please Mrs Butler! - ways into the world of children's poetry.

Key Stage 4 Materials

The Shout - lessons on Simon Armitage, Charles Causley, Jackie Kay and others.

Create a listening atmosphere

A few tips for teachers on creating a good listening atmosphere in your classroom.

Poetry moments

Ideas for 10-minute classroom activities to help your students get inside the poem they've just heard.

Invite a poet

Some of the poets in the Archive make visits to schools, to work with pupils and teachers. If you're a teacher interested in making this happen in your school, these notes will help you take the first steps.
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Glossary of poetic terms

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