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Christmas poetry – AF Harrold poetry lesson for KS1/2

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KS1, KS2


Years 1-6


Every year The Poetry Society collaborates with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Office of the Mayor of Oslo and Westminster City Council to organise an exciting and unique annual Christmas poetry programme. This uses the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree as a focal point.

The Society commissions a poet to write a new poem each year. They then display this around the base of the tree. The poem is inspired by many hundreds of poems written by Westminster primary school children who go to school near Trafalgar Square.

In 2019, AF Harrold wrote a new poem for the tree. He has provided worksheets for your class and an outline for his Christmas tree poem. You can use it to produce your very own poems in celebration of friendship. Just like the friendship between Britain and Norway that the Trafalgar Square tree symbolises.

Use the two exercises to gather together some ideas. Then have a go at writing an AF Harrold-style poem using exercise 3.

The Poetry Society is one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. AF Harrold is an English poet who writes for both kids and adults. His books for children include the poetry collection Things You Find In A Poet’s Beard (illustrated by Chris Riddell).

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Christmas poetry – AF Harrold poetry lesson for KS1/2

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