National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry taking place every October. It generates an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. Each year there’s a different theme and in 2019 the theme is Truth.
Poetry is an art form that people have turned to for years to help process their feelings and express their truth. In this powerful poem, Take This Pen, Tony Walsh explains the power that poetry can have to help young people through their lives (please note- strong themes so only suited for sharing with older secondary pupils and adults).
In Liverpool, LLP are encouraging schools across the city to take time to read, write and share poetry related to the idea of truth. Here are some ideas for transforming your school into a place of poetry:
If you are looking to embed poetry in your school, look no further than the LLP curated Poetry Padlet. This web collection includes links to National Poetry Day resources, poets’ websites, poetry projects and lesson resources to help you organise and plan amazing poetry experiences throughout the year.
We’ve also created some powerpoints that you could use either as part of a class assembly or for whole Key Stage/School assemblies. These assembly resources explore the pupil’s own concept of truth and invite discussion around a poem about truth.
Secondary: national poetry day secondary assembly 2019
We’ve also put together suggestions of poetry books that will help you explore ‘truth’ with your pupils.
EYFS/KS1: poetry eyfs ks1 truth
KS2: poetry ks2 truth
Secondary: poetry secondary truth
#MyNPDPoem encourages schools to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day to create poems, performances, displays and their own special poetry anthologies. Children aged 6 to 13 are invited to write a poem on the NPD theme Truth. CLPE have created a resource to help spark ideas here.
Once children have written poems, share them on National Poetry Day by tagging pictures on Instagram or Twitter with #MyNPDPoem. You could hold your own poetry show on National Poetry Day: just invite everyone to perform their poems aloud and present each young poet with an NPD certificate.
National Poetry Day Resources
Poets Michael Rosen, Karl Nova, Rachel Rooney, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Joseph Coelho and Simon Mole have made inspirational films, full of ideas to discuss and inspiration for pupils’ own writing. A range of NPD partners (including CLPE, The National Literacy Trust and The Emma Press) have created a range of teaching resources for KS1-5 to help you to explore a range of poetry relating to truth.
Cultural Opportunities in Liverpool- Culturepool
There are several poetry related opportunities currently listed on the Culturepool listings website. Culturepool is a place for educators working with young people in Merseyside to find opportunities and experiences for their students relating to arts and culture.
LitFilmFest- This Is Us
LitFilmFest and poet Joseph Coelho have come together on a free project for primary school aged children to encourage them to write poetry about their own personal history, culture and heritage. This unit supports children in analysing Joseph Coelho’s writing about his own personal history and then helps them develop their own poetry.
We’d love to hear what you are planning for National Poetry Day. Let us know by tagging us into your social media posts or sending us links to your website!