Children’s Poetry Archive

From The Poetry Archive

Resource type: Booklists and book reviews, CPD resource

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Region(s): All of UK

The Children’s Poetry Archive provides access to a bank of recordings of children’s poets reading their poems aloud.

The website features poetry readings from 50 poets and there are poems to appeal to all ages from pre-school to KS4.  Teachers and children can explore the archive by poet, by age or by theme to find their favourite poems.

Alongside the poetry readings, the Children’s Poetry Archive provides access to a range of resources designed to help teachers bring poetry alive in the classroom. The resources cover:

  • General tips on listening to, learning, writing and performing poetry.
  • Teaching sequences for specific poems.
  • Themed collections of poems.
  • A glossary of poetic terms. Teachers can also search the archive by glossary term to find relevant poems.

Cost: Free.

About The Children’s Poetry Archive: The Children’s Poetry Archive is part of The Poetry Archive, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to producing, acquiring and preserving recordings of poets reading their own work aloud for the benefit of current and future generations.

Literacy Hive Likes:

  • Hearing a poet read their own poem provides a unique insight into his or her work.
  • The website features video interviews with a number of the poets.
  • The ‘My Archive’ feature allows children and teachers to create their own collections of favourite poems by clicking on the heart symbol next to each poem.
  • New recordings are regularly added to the Archive.

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