Our aim is to equip and inspire you to teach poetry with confidence and enjoyment. Here you’ll find a wealth of tools, strategies and ideas for using our archive recordings to enhance your teaching

There’s have a strong emphasis on hearing and speaking poetry, because this is what the Poetry Archive is all about. But it’s also because we know that’s at the heart of everything to do with poetry.

The resources include Learning Resources to support different aspects of teaching, Classroom Materials structured lessons for individual poems and Classroom Collections curated collections to provide new and exciting ways to explore poetry.

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Children’s Challenge: Weather

Clouds, wind, rain, snow, ice, sun – you will find all sorts of weather in the poems on the Children’s Poetry Archive. Find out how ...

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Children’s Challenge: Halloween 2023

Halloween is a time for witches, ghosts, spells and strange happenings. This challenge introduces you to a world of spooky things and ...

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Children’s Challenge: Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia more simply means words that sound like or define a characteristic of the thing they describe, for example ‘Slithery ...

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Children’s Challenge: Alliteration

This challenge is about helping children understand some of the ways in which poetry works so well. One way is by using alliteration, ...

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Children’s Challenge: Poem Hunt

This challenge is all about finding poems on the Children’s Poetry Archive. You will need to use the search bar in Let’s Explore to ...

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Children’s Challenge: Spooky Special 2022

Halloween is all about ghosts, witches and wizards, spooky happenings, tricks and treats. This challenge is all about poems full of ...

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Children’s Poetry Archive Challenge 12

Back to School School is all about learning, asking questions and finding answers. Poetry can help you learn lots of things. See how ...

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Children’s Poetry Archive Challenge 11

Our world if full of fantastic animals, insects, birds and fish who keep us company, make us smile and behave in strange ways at time. ...

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Easter Children’s Challenge

Easter Egg hunts are great fun. This Easter Children’s Challenge is all about hunting for the answers in poems. See how many you can ...

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Children’s Challenge: Christmas Special

This challenge takes our younger poetry fans deep into the winter season, an ideal challenge for the Christmas holiday. And they can ...

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Children’s Challenge: Spooky Special

This challenge takes you on a tour of strange things and happenings. To find the answers, all you have to do is search through our ...

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John Mole: Nothing Personal

Age groups: 11-14, 9-11

Exercise Suitable for Key Stages 3 and 4 John Mole’s poem ‘Nothing Personal’ takes the listener and ...

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