Primary Poetry

Below you will find a range of poems to explore with your class. Together you can read, discuss and appreciate the poems, and maybe even learn some by heart to perform as individuals or as a class.

The poems are arranged by age-group with three for 5-7 year-olds, three for 7-9 year-olds and three for 9-11 year-olds.

Each poem has a transcript below the video, so you can see the words and read along in class.

Poems for 5-7 year-olds

Joshua Seigal recites his poem, Out In The Playground.

Sophia Thakur recites her poem, Coming From Inside My Mouth.

Sophia Thakur tell pupils about her poem, Coming From Inside My Mouth.

Poems for 7-9 year-olds

Joshua Seigal recites his poem, National Champion Athlete.

Sophia Thakur recites her poem, My Mind This Time.

Sophia Thakur tell pupils about her poem, My Mind This Time.

Poems for 9-11 year-olds

Joshua Seigal recites his poem, When I Close My Eyes.

Ben Faulks recites Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.

Ben Faulks recites part of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.

More primary poetry resources from BBC Teach:

Understanding Poetry with Joseph Coelho
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Write a poem
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Watch again: Writing and performance poetry - Live Lesson
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