National & World Poetry Days 2018

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National Poetry Day 2018National Poetry Day 2018 is planned for Thursday 4th October. It is one of two big poetry events this year, the other is World Poetry Day, being held on 21 March 2018.

World Poetry Day is a time to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is held on March 21 each year and is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).”( Sadly, there are no resources shared for primary school but Twinkle, if you are a subscriber, has lots of resources and ideas for poetry in primary school. In addition, the 123HUB featured theme, planned for March, is poetry. This will include lots of poetry resources that should help in the classroom.

National Poetry Day 2018 will be on the 4th October so there is plenty of time to prepare for this one. The theme this year is Change – even if you have never done one before, it would be a great opportunity to prepare a school event to celebrate.

There are already some poems about change is place and these are being added to regularly up until the National Poetry Day (NPD).

For want of a nail is one of the poems already shared:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost.

For want of a rider the battle was lost.

For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

It is a great model to work with! Christine Rossetti@ Caterpillar, and Dunbar’s The Seedling are also there, ready for use.

In the section called A Primary School Poetry Festival several ideas are shared.

Last year, the Sound Poem based on Beowolf was interesting, I would call it choral speaking; however, it is something that could be fun and I am sure the children would love it. Haiku and M.O.R.E.R.A.P.S. and playing OULIPO were all explained; it will be interesting to watch what they come up with for this year!

The resources being shared at the moment are all for 2017 but the site has already started developing ready for this year’s NPD – it is worth watching for their inspiring ideas, as it develops.

National Poetry Day 2018