Five Brilliant Ideas for Teaching Poetry

Poetry can be one of the trickiest areas of the curriculum to teach well. How can pupils come to understand a poem without being spoon-fed? How can they engage in personal response when the language of a text can seem dense and difficult? How can they learn about poetic conventions and style while still enjoying…

10 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday

It’s Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on Wednesday 23rd April. Here are a few EMC ideas for activities to mark the day, ranging from a short 15 minute activity to start a lesson, to some more sustained ideas. Hope you find something for each of your classes, at whatever Key Stage! 1. Bring in an armful of poetry…