Learning Resources

Case Study: Inspiring Poetry Across the School

In March 2014 the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour with James Carter visited schools in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire. Primary teachers Claire Kavanagh and Eileen Moncrieff used this opportunity to create some excellent class plans and projects.

By using James Carter's poetry and books as a stimulus, Eileen created a fantastic three-lesson plan to inspire the pupils to dicuss, write and share their own work.

Claire organised a pupil forum for reading and working together on poetry, where every class from P1-P7 had a representative. They had amazing modrock models of James's poems, a performance of 'What did you do at school today?' by P3 and a colourful and exciting display of poems from across the whole school.

James's Music Meets Poetry event was very well received by pupils and teachers alike - have a look below at our event photos and feedback.

James Carter at Cross Arthurlie Primary School
James Carter St Cadoc's Primary School
James Carter Video

Poetry through Music: Class Plan

Eileen Monicrieff from Cross Arthurlie Primary School outlines her three-lesson class plan on inspiring children to write poetry through music.

Poetry in Motion: Blog

Claire Kavanagh explains how she created a 'pupil forum' and got the whole school working together on lots of poetry madness including performance, modrock models and shape poems!

James Carter's Tips for Performing Poetry: Video

James Carter gives us a guide to performing poetry - featuring examples from Lochfield Primary School!

James Carter Tour - Blog
James Carter Resources

Tour Journal: Blog

Read excerpts from James' daily tour diary alongside plenty of pictures from all the visits!

James Carter Tour: Resources

Download our free level 2 resources for some classroom inspiration on working with poetry.