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The Poetry Friendly Classroom

Michael Rosen's Poetry Friendly Classroom

One of Michael Rosen's key projects during his time as Children's Laureate was developing a set of resources to help teachers and schools make the classroom poetry-friendly.

Why Poetry?

Poet Mandy Coe explains why poetry is perfect for schools - and why all classrooms should be poetry friendly.

Getting started

Poet Andy Croft gives us his tips for getting started with making your classroom poetry friendly - by sharing and enjoying poetry out loud.

Find out more

Find links to useful websites, information about where to find recommended poetry books, and suggested further reading for teachers who want to find out more about using poetry in the classroom.

Poetry resources for teachers

Find a selection of poetry resources to download, including activity ideas, poetry templates, and teaching  sequences for some of our favourite poetry books including Michael Rosen's A-Z of Poetry.

Michael Rosen's video tips

Watch these videos for inspiration from Michael Rosen himself for making your classroom poetry friendly. You'll find thirteen great ideas for fun poetry activities for the classroom.

Recommended Poetry Books

Read about some of our favourite poetry books for children to share and enjoy.

Tips from teachers

Primary teachers tell us how they make their classrooms poetry friendly in these video tips packed with ideas for reading and writing activities.

Perform a Poem

Michael Rosen also developed Perform-a-Poem during his time as Laureate - a new website for sharing children's poetry performances, packed with resources for teachers and pupils, and developed in line with national standards on e-safety and child protection.

Poets in Schools

Inviting a poet to visit your school can be a great way to create a buzz around poetry. Find out more about poets in school, as well as how to find a poet for a visit, and useful contacts.