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.


Tell & See: National Poetry Day 2020 visionary poetry resource

Explore 'Diamonds' by Evelyn Byrne, a commended poem in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 with the help of shiny fish, and celebrate this year's National Poetry Day, with the theme of Vision. Download

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6 Ways to Look at The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Discover this new KS3-4 teaching resource on the 2019 National Poetry Day theme of 'truth', written by Michael Donkor, a teacher, author and former Foyle Young Poet.


A Change in Circumstance

This lesson plan is on the theme of change and was written for National Poetry Day 2018 on Thursday 4 October. It looks at Imogen Catsaras’ ‘Dawn in Dartmouth’, a commended poem in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017.


Write Yourself an Escape Plan

Explore the National Poetry Day 2017 theme of 'Freedom' with this resource for Key Stages 1-2. After reading Brian Bilston's poem 'The Great Escape', create imaginative ways of escaping from particular places.


Clothes that escaped the Great War

Poet and teacher Patricia McCarthy takes us through her National Poetry Competition-winning poem 'Clothes that escaped the Great War'. This resource explores a modern poet's take on the First World War, analysing the poem, and leading to an opportunity for your students to write their own responses.


National Poetry Day 2014 primary resource

R is for… Reading out loud. Experiment with reading poems out loud in fun and different ways to help children build confidence reading poetry out loud.


National Poetry Day 2014 secondary resource

M is for… Mix it up.  This activity helps students think about the structure and order of a poem, and the different information that can be revealed by mixing it up.


Evaporations - exploring water and poetry

The Poetry Society uses a film-poem by Alice Oswald and Chana Dubinski to explore different poetic devices through different states of water and encourages students to create water themed poems.  At a glance: water, personification, observation, the senses, the unfamiliar.