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 Poetry Archive Challenge 4

Age groups: 5-7, 7-9, 9-11

Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. These poems are all about family life and the different ...

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Children’s Poetry Archive Challenge 3

Age groups: 5-7, 7-9, 9-11

This challenge looks at poems about animals and some of the strange things they do. To find the answers, ...

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Mission: Write a Poem Using The Archive

A white page can be intimidating. A white page can be so white that pens quiver at the sight of it. So, in order to write to a poem on ...

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Children’s Poetry Archive Challenge 2

Age groups: 5-7, 7-9, 9-11

This Challenge looks at poems about people and all the different identities that people have.

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Children’s Poetry Archive Challenge 1

Age groups: 5-7, 7-9, 9-11

This challenge is for our intrepid poetry fans to solve. We’ve set five questions about some of our ...

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Michael Rosen: The News

Age group: 5-7

Since his very early work one of Michael Rosen's strengths as a poet has been his ability to engage ...

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Back to School Poems

Age groups: 5-7, 7-9, Under 5s

Poems that deal with the subject of school and education. Great way to the start a new academic year!

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How to get the best out of the Poetry Archive

Whether you have heard poets read live or on the radio, or whether you've never heard a poet read, these tips are meant as a starting ...

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Allan Ahlberg: Please Mrs Butler

Age groups: 7-9, 9-11

'Please Mrs Butler' is the title poem of one of the most popular collections of poems for children in the ...

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Brian Moses: Walking with my Iguana

Age groups: 7-9, 9-11

'Walking with my Iguana' is a highly energetic performance poem which cries out to be responded to ...

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Valerie Bloom: Granny Is

Age group: 5-7

One of the things Valerie Bloom excels at is renewing our view of the world by describing it freshly ...

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Wes Magee: The Boneyard Rap

Age group: 5-7

These ideas are informed by an inclusive style of teaching and are multi-sensory in their offering. This ...

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