For many adults, poetry brings back memories of school days and can even sound slightly intimidating. But children have a completely different experience. Children are exposed to rhymes and songs from the earliest age with nursery rhymes, picture books and music. Children are usually more passionate about poetry than their parents and more creative too! It is our job as adults to keep that passion alive as poetry is recognised across the board to be great for the memory, the imagination, for public speaking and of course for literacy, which is why memorising and writing poetry is a key part of the National Curriculum.
From limericks to haikus, poetry can be funny, moving and beautiful and poems teach children the joy of word play, metaphors and tongue twisters. They can also sweep us back to our own childhoods, as we rediscover rhymes that we thought we had long since forgotten. There is plenty to explore for every age group: classic poems as well as new ones from diverse modern poets who are bringing the genre to a new audience.
National Poetry Day is the UK's annual celebration of poetry and this year (2020) it takes place on Thursday 1st October. The theme is "Vision" and you can find out how you can join in and download free resources for your school from the National Poetry Day website.