National Poetry Day is a nationwide celebration of poetry usually held on the first Thursday in October. This year's National Poetry Day takes place on Thursday 7 October 2021, with the theme 'Choice'. In Scotland the Scottish Poetry Library usually celebrates the occasion by producing a series of resources for schools to request or download and enjoy. Additionally, the Literary Trust has produced free KS2 & KS3 teaching materials on the subject of 'Choice'.
As secondary pupils are being asked to submit entries on the subject of 'Choice' for the 2021-22 edition of our multilingual Mother Tongue Other Tongue (MTOT) poetry competition, teachers may wish to utilise these resources for inspiration. Even if your school chooses not to take part in MTOT, you can still inspire your students to celebrate National Poetry Day and get creative. We've sourced some resources and links to websites below to help you get started.