Key Teaching Approaches

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All of the teaching sequences on Poetryline are aimed at developing an appreciation of poetry in children of all ages. The sequences will have a strong emphasis on spending time exploring and responding to high quality poetry collections, learning about the writing process and enablingchildren to see themselves as authors. The work done in the sequences could be enhanced by having poet work alongside children at some stage of the process. 

The approaches on the site have been tested in our research and are accompanied by the relevant Teaching Sequences and clips of poets explaining more about how they use these techniques in their own writing and in their work in schools


Specific units of work on poetry will be the most impactful if they are taught in an environment already rich in poetry.


Poetry is rooted in word games, word play, song and rhythm, and it's therefore particularly important that it should be heard as well as read.


Poetry is a dense form and one which has connections with art and music.


Poetry writing doesn't have to be limited to moments where poetry is the focus text in the classroom.


Achieving a balance between using poetic devices for effect and sharing the story or idea of a poem is challenging and something that can only be achieved with regular exposure to both the reading


Publishing children's poetry is as important as publishing their work generally is: it widens the readership for their poems and makes their work more permanent and more attractive.

Working with a poet

Working with poets – as for working with authors – in workshop sessions, provides teachers and students with opportunities for deeper engagement with the writing process, guided from the point of v