We are the Sea

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the relationship between humans and the sea. It focuses on whales, and includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Isaac Graaf's 'The New Guy', a winning poem from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2006.

Key Stages 1 & 2

Topics: whales, echolocation, humans and the sea, sealife

Literary features: point of view, comic voice


National Poetry Day 7 October 2021

National Poetry Day 2021: We Have A Choice

Celebrate National Poetry Day 2021 on 7 October by exploring Foyle Young Poet Theodora Shillito’s ‘The Story of Squiddly Diddly’, a poem about marine conservation and recycling, commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020. This resource encourages KS2-3 students to think about how the choices we make affect the environment.


illustration of two men sitting at a desk puzzling over a code

Breaking the code with Bletchley Park

Could your students be code-breakers? This lesson plan by Sian Hughes explores nursery rhymes, nonsense verse and codes through the lens of Bletchley Park and the work that went on there.

Download the resource and find more code-breaking poetry workshops on Young Poets Network.

Read winning poems inspired by Bletchley Park written by young people here!

Illustrations by Alex Leigh Whitworth, courtesy of Bletchley Park Trust.

Celebrations: a Foyle Young Poets resource

This lesson plan by Teacher Trailblazer Fran Pridham looks at Lucy Thynne's  ‘the parents anniversary', a winning poem in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017.


Postcard Poems

Explore the National Poetry Day 2016 theme of 'Messages' with this resource for primary schools. Using Diana Brodie's poem 'Gap Year Letter from a Five-Toed Sloth', create strange and wonderful postcards from imaginary characters and exotic locations. 

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Travelling with Edward Lear

This resource uses the poetry of Edward Lear to explore themes such as word comprehension, nonsense poems, rhythm and rhyme in poetry, as well as geography, travel and displacement. At a glance: Rhythm, rhyme, imagery, language play, comprehension, geography.


Rhyme Time

Roger Stevens uses his own poem and one by Jan Dean to explain how to avoid 'Clunky Last Line Syndrome' when writing rhyming verses.  At a glance: alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme.


The Jumblies

Activities to support the teaching of Edward Lear poetry, with a particular focus on 'The Jumblies'. At a glance: Edward Lear, celebrating difference, identity, humorous verse, group poems.


Making monsters

Using his own poem, Gavin Stewart helps pupils develop original monster characters. At a glance: creating characters, syllables, humorous verse, creating new words, simile and metaphor.


Imaginary words

Eva Salzman helps students experiment with imaginary words used in poems such as Lewis Carroll's 'The Jabberwocky' to see how language changes and develops. At a glance: humorous verse, sound, alliteration, rhythm, rhyme.