Let’s Write! Improving Reading and Writing using Poetry with Rachel Rooney

23/03/2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Explore how poetry forms can be used in cross-curricular ways to develop effective writing, increase children’s comprehension and understanding and exploration of language with award winning poet Rachel Rooney.

Teachers will use creative approaches to help children respond to texts, explore inference and use vocabulary to make impact on the reader. Throughout the day, they will focus on the power of poetry to engage children as readers and writers and learn how to find a voice for writing through poetry, exploring a number of different forms.

Teachers will:

  • Explore how to introduce forms of writing, including poetry, across the curriculum to engage children and raise attainment
  • Participate in a range of practical activities to develop children’s creative writing in the classroom
  • Explore, develop and extend children’s understanding and use of vocabulary across the curriculum
  • Receive a collection of Rachel Rooney’s books to put into immediate practice in the classroom

About Rachel Rooney

Rachel Rooney was born in London, the fifth of six children, and now lives in Brighton. She trained and works as a special needs teacher, along with visiting schools for poetry readings and workshops. Her first collection of poems for older children, The Language of Cat, was the 2011 Poetry Book Society children’s choice. It also won the 2012 CLPE Award (CLiPPA) and was long listed for the Carnegie Medal.  Her next book, My Life as a Goldfish was published in 2014 and shortlisted for CLiPPA 2015. Rachel was the Chair of the CLiPPA judges in 2017 and is also judged the Betjeman Poetry Prize.


‘Why is poetry important for children? For the same reason it is important for adults - only more so. To experience the power of words. To learn better ways of saying things - and to know when to be quiet. It allows one a voice, whilst teaching the art of listening. It requires self control but it can be liberating, too. Poetry can persuade, clarify, amuse and delight both the reader and the writer.’  

Rachel Rooney
44 Webber Street
United Kingdom
  • Lunch Included
  • Includes Resources
  • CLPE Reading and Writing Scales