Poetry - Peters
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There are lots of reasons why poetry should maintain a place in your ever-packed curriculum. Poetry provides pupils with permission to express their opinions on both everyday and important events, gives the opportunity to pause and reflect on matters of meaning far beyond the confines of the classroom and it can be a method of making sense of our ever-changing world.

Our expert teacher team has put together some suggestions for Key Stages 1 and 2 to inspire your return to the classroom in the autumn. From a focus on the Children’s Laureate, to celebrating National Poetry Day and exploring the immersive theme of ‘refuge’, we hope there is something here for every class.  

If you'd like ideas on how to use any of these suggestions in the classroom, or would like more poetry recommendations from our team, get in touch at hello@peters.co.uk

National Poetry Day 5th October 2023

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This year the theme, Refuge, is perhaps more relevant than ever. You could choose to look directly at the many sources of conflict that cause families to leave their homes and travel in search of refuge, or perhaps you might choose to take the theme as a timely opportunity to explore the things that matter most to your pupils: the places, people and objects that help to make them feel safe. Either way, the theme is bound to offer opportunity for some moving poetry.

Celebrating the Children's Laureate

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As he heads towards his final year in post, why not highlight the poetry of Joseph Coelho with all ages in your school? With collections suitable for your EYFS pupils, all the way through to poems for older readers, there will be something here to inspire all young poets. Perhaps you could have a focus day and write poetry across the school using Coelho’s useful Poetry Prompts. Or you could share his pledge to join a library in each local authority during his laureateship and use this as encouragement to your own pupils to join their own local library as part of a back to school pledge.


Useful poetry links

CLPE and Macmillan Children's Books Big Amazing Poetry Project

BookTrust Children's Laureate Poetry Prompts library

CLiPPA – the CLPE Poetry Award

Poetry By Heart

The Poetry Society 


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