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Primary schools


Image Credit: 
India Roper-Evans


Image Credit: 
India Roper-Evans

The National Poetry Library has two programmes which are aimed at primary school children.

Poetry Explorers

Children explore visual poetry, spoken poetry and poems about animals in this session. They also learn how to use an index in a book and how to find items in a library.

When: Wednesdays during term time, Tuesdays for Lambeth schools with combined gamelan workshop

Cost: free for Lambeth primary schools

Class size: 15 (but can be booked jointly with a gamelan workshop, so you can bring 30 students in total)

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Letters Home

This interactive workshop is built around poems written during the First World War. It introduces students to visual poetry, sound poetry and typography. Students also write their own poems and complete other activities outline in our free Letters Home booklet.

Cost: £195. If you would like to take part in this activity and have budgetary restrictions please contact the library.

Download the booklet

Downloadable resources

teacher-led sessions

Teachers are very welcome to use the library as a resource for leading their own sessions. We can help by preparing books on a given theme or type of poetry. Please email us if you are interested in setting up one of these sessions for your students. These sessions are free of charge, we just ask that you contact the library in advance to let us know.

  • Cost: £195 per group + £2.75 transaction fee
  • Groups of up to 30 students are welcome
  • Tel: 020 7960 4225
  • Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm

*Please note, these workshops are not available to book online.