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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.

‘A poem is…’ with Disney Junior

Together with Disney Junior, the Poetry Society commissioned poet Coral Rumble to write a guide to help parents and carers enjoy poetry with under 7’s to accompany the Disney animated ‘A Poem is…’ series. ‘A Poem is…’ launched in summer 2012 and showcases poetry set to iconic moments from some of Disney’s classic animation films such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio. Celebrities Matt Smith, David Walliams, Richard Briers CBE, Jessica Hynes and Michelle Dockery are among the all star cast who have teamed up to narrate the series.


Poetry Train

David Harmer and Roger Stevens use a collection of activities, poems, and advice for teaching poetry in primary schools.  The two share proven approaches based on poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, David Harmer, and Roger Stevens.


Animal Menagerie

Roger Stevens encourages pupils to create animal poems using metaphors, similes, description, and alliteration to fill Mr. Magoo's Magical Zoo.  Part of our Poetry Train resource pack.


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.


Poetry as eulogy

Ashley Smith uses a poem by Phoebe Boswall to inspire writing a poetic eulogy. At a glance: memory, the sense, friends and family, alliteration, literary heritage poets.


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.