National Poetry Day 2016

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National Poetry Day 2016National Poetry Day  takes place this week on Thursday 6 October 2016. The theme for the 2016 Poetry Day is Messages. There are a range of projects and events planned for the day. The winning poems have already been published; it would be great to read them altogether, as a class, or school:

  • The Sea Says
  • A Message to the Future
  • Messages in Space
  • Postcard Poems

There are free resources, KS 1 and 2 lesson plans which could be used on the day.

Also free activities, posters and inspirational poems for use in the school reading groups.

The website also has a set of poems available, written for this year’s National Poetry Day.

National Poetry Day 2016

There is also a free ideas e-book – details below:

This is a free idea book, done with Tweetspeak, created to get inspiration for poetry flowing. Got a message you want to give someone? We encourage you to “say it with a poem.” This little book gives you great poems—plus five ideas for where to leave your messages.

Teachers can register to get on the mailing list, search for activities on the day or visit the live event at some point during the afternoon.The programme includes:

“1pm – 2pm
Hear children’s voices, performing poems on the theme of ‘messages’ – plus poets Simon Mole, Cheryl Moskowitz and John Lyons.

2.15pm – 3.45pm
Curated by Young Poetry Producers, watch a stellar line-up of poets: Fran Lock, Rob Auton, Hannah Lowe, Keaton Henson, Indigo WIlliams and the Young Producers themselves.

4pm – 6.45pm
Be involved in a recording of Radio 3’s The Verb led by Ian McMillan, and involving poets Sabrina Mahfouz, Luke Kennard and Hannah Silva.”