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National Poetry Day

Sept. 28, 2021

Since 1994 National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events and web-based activities for people throughout the country. Each year the day is given a new theme in order to highlight particular poets and styles of poetry. This Year’s National Poetry Day is on 7th October 2021 and the theme is choice.

The National Poetry Day website has a range of resources for schools including toolkits and lesson plans and activities for Key Stages 1 and 2, free to download and all related to the theme of choice.

Purple Mash

There are a range of resources in Purple Mash that schools can use to celebrate on National Poetry Day and throughout the year. We have created a range of templates all around the theme of choice this year.

Children can choose a blank template to help them write a poem, or an acrostic poem spelling the word choice. We have also created a range of templates, so they could choose to write a poem exploring the choice of choosing to be kind, create a poem about the choices that confront us around climate changes or create a poem exploring choices of today that affect tomorrow. Whatever they choose to write about they can upload their poems to our National Poetry Display Board and we will be sharing examples on our social media channels over the week.

As well as our collection of resources around choice, we have a wide range of  resources to support poetry in school including ones on famous poets including Michael Rosen and William Shakespeare and a range of templates that children can use to write their poems.

Serial Mash

There is now a wonderful collection of Poetry within Serial Mash, each poem includes a video recording and a range of activities to go with each poem. There is a teacher guide that gives an overview of every poem and the activities with a suggested age range for each one.

We've also made two poetry books free to access until the 15th of October. Seaside by Michelle Singleton charts Bea's first trip to the seaside, full of discovery and wonder. Meanwhile, Zibdab the Grook by Will Hames follows the curious Zibdab on an adventure out of this world.

Whatever you choose to do for #NationalPoetryDay we would love to see your work, either shared on our Display Board, or via Twitter, or on our Facebook page.

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Lose yourself in one of the many poems within the Serial Mash poetry library