CLPE is the National Poetry Centre for Primary Schools
We believe 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. We have researched the use of poetry in the primary classroom for many years. A summary of this research is available in our Poetry in Primary Schools: What we know works
booklet. Visit the Creating a Poetry Classrooom
section to see how the recommendations in this booklet can be put into practice.
Whether you are looking for a poem
to use with your class read by the poet, a teaching sequence
to guide you through a poetry collection or a guide to the language and forms
associated with poetry there is something here for you.
We also run the Children's Poetry Award (CLiPPA)
, which is the only award in the UK for published children's poetry which celebrates outstanding poetry published for children. This year's winner was Joseph Coelho for Werewolf Club Rules. We record poems by each of the CLiPPA shortlist each year to add to our bank of poems
and we provide teaching sequences to support the use of their collections in the classroom.
We are a National Poetry Day partner and are part of the team of national poetry organisations that put together a wealth of resources to support this national event. In 2015 we produced a teaching sequence for Light – A National Poetry Day Poetry Book. This can be downloaded from here