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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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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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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Judith Nicholls: Bluebottle

Age groups: 7-9, 9-11

'Bluebottle' is a good example of a poem which does a lot with very few words. It is also a good example ...

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John Mole: Variation on an Old Rhyme

Age groups: 7-9, 9-11

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

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