National Poetry Day

From Forward Arts Foundation

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Adult

Region(s): All of UK

This nationwide annual celebration of poetry takes place on the first Thursday of October, which in 2022 falls on October 6th. Each year, National Poetry Day has a different theme and the theme for 2022 is The Environment.

The National Poetry Day website has a range of free resources available to support schools, including:

  • A downloadable toolkit with general ideas for celebrating poetry on National Poetry Day and all through the year.
  • Themed lesson plans for KS1 through to KS5.
  • A selection of permissions-cleared poems that tie in with the year’s theme for schools to use.
  • Information about the National Poetry Day Ambassadors.
  • Posters and display material to raise awareness of National Poetry Day.

Cost: Resources are free with registration.

About the Forward Arts Foundation: National Poetry Day is organised by the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity committed to promoting public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of poetry in the UK and Ireland. Other programmes include the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the annual anthology of the year’s best poems, the Forward Book of Poetry.

Further resources:

  • Use National Poetry Day to get involved with Poetry By Heart 2022, an annual poetry speaking competition for pupils in KS2 – KS5 in schools and colleges in England.
  • Register for Poetry Together, a free initiative that encourages schools and care homes to connect by learning a poem off by heart and coming together to recite it.
  • The National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools provides a comprehensive bank of resources to support the teaching of poetry in the primary classroom.
  • Find recommendations for poetry books at Books for Topics and LoveReading4Schools.
  • The Children’s Poetry Archive provides recordings of poems being read aloud, mostly by the poets that wrote them. There are also teaching resources and activities built around Poetry Archive recordings.
  • The BBC Teach website has a range of Poetry Resources for primary and secondary teachers.
  • The Poetry Society offers a service matching poets with schools that would like to run poetry workshops.
  • Authors Live On Demand has a bank of recorded events featuring poets performing and talking about their work. See the selection here.
  • Find more resources to support the teaching of poetry here.

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