We are Cell Tissue

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the topic of cell tissue, and specifically epithelium. It includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Kitty Joyce's 'Epithelium', a winning poem in the Young Poets Network Human Cell Atlas Challenge 2021, in partnership with the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) and One Cell At A Time, part of the Human Cell Atlas..

Key Stages 4 & 5

Topics: epithelium, cells and their functions, Surrealism

Literary features: word association, similes and metaphors, enjambment

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We are Liquid Stars

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the relationship between the human body and outer space. It focuses on the blood, and the idea that the chemicals in our body once came from stars. It includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Celeste Herriotts' 'Blood', a winning poem from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020.

Key Stages 2 & 3

Topics: human body, blood and the circulatory system, Earth and space

Literary features: voice (first and second person), personification, imagery, dynamic verbs

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starry sky

The Truth Exposed: 'Polaris'

This lesson plan explores Brigitta McKeever's ‘Polaris’, a winning poem from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020.

The activities can be used in a single session, or over a series of sessions.

In this resource, produced by Teacher Trailblazer Stephanie Nobes, students are encouraged to think about the relationship between poetry and objects, the body, and the 'Evolution of Me'. They are also encouraged to analyse the poem with a close focus on features of language, and to write creatively using juxtaposition.

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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.

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Physical poetry

John Siddique introduces writing about physical memories using poems of his own and some by Ted Hughes. At a glance: the body, memory, dance, drama, Ted Hughes.

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