CLPE is the National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools

Poetry is a fundamental element in the development of children’s literacy. This website is packed with resources to support the teaching of poetry in primary schools; from teaching sequences to guide you and the children through a poetry collection to films of well known poets performances and resources to help you create a poetry classroom.

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Use our free poetry teaching resources

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Introduce children to poets through film

Find out more about favourite children’s poets. Read their poems, watch their performance films and listen to their interviews. Enjoy well-loved poets and discover new ones through our resources.

See 8 poets perform for National Poetry Day 2017

Kate Wakeling

Roger McGough

Allan Ahlberg

Joseph Coelho

Michael Rosen

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Discover hundreds of poems

Listen to award winning poets read their poems out loud with your children. Inspire them with classic favourites and introduce them to new poems from a variety of books and verse novels.

Please Mrs Butler

Welly Boots

The Sound Collector

School tomorrow - excuses for Mum

Jungle Cat

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Teaching Sequences

Explore poetry in depth

Use our free teaching sequences to guide your planning and use the teaching approaches to explore poetry in depth; enhancing reading comprehension and providing meaningful contexts and purposes for writing and performance.

Nursery, Reception or Year 1 – Zim Zam Zoom! by James Carter

Years 2/3/4 - Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by Michael Rosen

Years 4/5 – Moonjuice by Kate Wakeling

Years 5/6 - Wonderland: Alice in Poetry, edited by Michaela Morgan

Years 6/7 – Booked by Kwame Alexander

Teaching Sequences

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Create a Poetry Classroom

We have created extensive materials to support best practice in the teaching of poetry supporting teachers and children to become confident poetry readers and writers

Key Teaching Approaches


Teaching Sequences

Guide to Teaching Poetry in Primary Schools

Kidds at CLiPPA Poetry Awards 2017

CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA)

We run a school’s shadowing scheme alongside CLiPPA, which celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. Use the films of the shortlisted poets performing and the specially written teaching sequences for their books to inspire your children

Teaching Sequences for CLiPPA 2018 shortlisted poets 

Teaching Sequences for all CLiPPA shortlisted poets

Find out more and register your interest for CLiPPA 2018

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Reading for Pleasure

We work to emphasise the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers. Discover our range of Reading for Pleasure resources

A guide to Reading for Pleasure

The Power of Reading

The CLPE Reading and Writing Scales

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All CLPE training is designed to help you develop practical approaches to literacy learning that inspire a love of reading and writing for all children. Teachers attending our training receive strategies and resources that can be put into immediate practise and support EYFS 2014 and NC 2014.

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  • I’ve led English for 9 years and I’ve still learnt something new in each session. The best course I’ve ever been on

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  • The project has had a huge impact in the EYFS through use of the books and teaching sequences. It has been instrumental in giving more confidence and inspiration to our teachers.

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  • CLPE training has had a transformational effect on the engagement of our children in reading and writing.

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