We are Trees

This resource brings together poetry and science to explore the relationship between trees, names and identity. It focuses on Maple trees, and includes discussion points and creative writing activities inspired by Talulah Quinto's 'Maple', a winning poem from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019.

Key Stages 3-5

Topics: trees, the ecosystem, biodiversity, identity, naming

Literary features: repetition (anaphora), tenses, symbolism, adjectives, juxtaposition



Climate Change and Adventures in Writing

Helen Mort uses Romantic poetry as a springboard into exploring climate change and poetic landscapes, discussing images and key texts to build towards the final ‘challenge’: a self-portrait poem. 


Eccentricity and Sound - Edith Sitwell

Jane Anderson uses two poems by Edith Sitwell to offer ways into looking at her fascinating, innovative style, and gives suggestions for creative responses.  At a glance: reading, writing, literacy, confidence, sound.


The Art of Translation: Making New Versions of Mexican Poems

Don Cellini introduces students to the process of translation, and shows them how to translate themselves using poems by Pedro Serrano. At a glance: translation, descriptive language, imagery, sound.


Great title randomiser

Poet Philip Gross teaches students to explore creating poetry titles as a group.  At a glance: group poems, juxtaposition, using nouns, using adjectives, sound.


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.


Split definitions

Mahendra Solanki helps pupils look at familiar objects in a new way. At a glance: confidence, reluctant writers, using adjectives, group poems, playing with language.


A way into metaphor

Pupils will work through several stages to develop imagery that will bring their poems to life. At a glance: using adjectives, simile and metaphor, nature imagery, conceit poems.


Intensive writing

Peter Samson helps pupils practice observational writing by letting details speak for themselves.  At a glance: art, imagery, poetry of place, quick exercise, using adjectives.


Cat in the window

Poet Brian Morse uses his poem to help students write about place using a cat as the explorer. At a glance: poetry of place, using verbs, using adjectives, personification, list poems.