Poetry Teaching Resources
A collection of teaching resources for primary and secondary schools, for bringing poetry to life in the classroom.
These teaching resources could be used to celebrate World Poetry Day on 21 March or National Poetry Day on 7 October.
Understanding Poetry with Joseph Coelho
A series of short films for primary schools with poet Joseph Coelho, in which he explains how poetry is relatable, fun, and achievable, and can open up new ways of understanding and expressing your own emotions.
A collection 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.
In these audio clips for 7-11 year-olds, six leading poets introduce and read some of their best-known poetry for children. There are also two additional selections of classic poems read by Maxine Peake and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae
This short film for primary pupils uses newsreel, photographs and commentary to introduce the Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who wrote the famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'.
‘New Beginnings’ by Tony Walsh (Performance)
A performance of the poem, ‘New Beginnings’, by Tony Walsh, on the set of the Writing and Performance Poetry Live Lesson.
Watch again: Writing and Performance Poetry - Live Lesson
Catch up with this interactive lesson first broadcast to celebrate National Poetry Day in 2018. The programme is presented by BBC Radio 1's Katie Thistleton and features award-winning performance poet, author and National Poetry Day ambassador Joseph Coelho and a special guest appearance from poet and author Tony Walsh.
Poetry Writing Masterclass
Inspire budding poets aged 11-16 with this selection of short films in which leading writers, Caroline Bird and Kate Clanchy, share the secrets of writing great poetry.
Poetry: Between the Lines
In these series of short films hip-hop star Akala talks to contemporary poets, including Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke and Ciaran Carson, about some of their best-loved poems.
Poetry: Between the Lines - The Romantics
In this series of short films hip hop star Akala explores and analyses key works by Wordsworth, Byron, Blake, Shelley and Keats.
Could you be a poet?
In this interactive article poet and broadcaster Benjamin Zephaniah discusses the prose and poetry of Dylan Thomas, and sees how a person's background influences their work.
Why is Robert Burns' work still so popular today?
In this interactive article Ricky Ross explores the reasons why Robert Burns' work is still so popular over 200 years after his death.