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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


World Poetry Day 2022

Why is World Poetry Day Celebrated?

To some, poetry can be considered old-fashioned in today’s modern world filled with technology. This is why celebrating World Poetry Day is important, as it encourages the return of traditional formats of poetry, it supports small publishers of poetry and portrays an attractive image of poetry in the media.

World Poetry Day is also celebrated because it is one of our most treasured forms of expression, as it can be simple or complex, can challenge traditional ideas or convey love and loss.

Why is it Important to Learn about Poetry?

A key area of literature that children are introduced to in school, poetry is important for a number of reasons. 

Reading poetry teaches children how to express their emotions and put into words how they feel. It also introduces children to new vocabulary and rhythms, as poetry is often rich with interesting and varied language and poetic devices. 

Poetry improves children’s creative thinking and problem-solving skills as it requires children to think and interpret what they’ve read, and often it will take reading a poem several times to truly understand its meaning. 

Learning to recite poetry is a great way to improve children’s memory and help them remember new words and phrases. 

Like other forms of literature, poetry allows children to see the world from new perspectives and learn more about other parts of the world. 

Early Years

The children used familiar songs including "Baa, Baa Black Sheep" and "Hey Diddle Diddle" and recited them as poems.

We enjoyed listening to Michael Rosen's performance of "Chocolate Cake" and we shared some of our favourite poems by Gervase Phinn including "The Bathroom" and "The Carousel".

Key Stage 1

Year 1- New Life at Easter

Year 2: The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

Lower Key Stage 2

Year 3 - The School Kid's Rap

The Raging River

Upper Key Stage 2


In Flanders Fields

The Soldier

Dulce et Decorum Est