The National Standards states that "by the end of key stage 2, children should have a range of simple forms to draw upon for their own writing. The key forms for children's writing are:

• collage or list poem
• free verse
• shape poems (free verse in a shape)
• short patterned poems, for example, haiku, cinquain, kennings
• borrow or invent own pattern, for example, pairs of lines
• simple rhyming form, for example, rap"

From my own experience I am also aware that other favourite forms of poems are alphabetical poems and acrostic poems.
However, I found limited resources available to teachers actually explaining each of these forms, or offering alternatives, and showing ways to inspire an overall enjoyment of writing poetry. Therefore, I am currently working on a purpose written book for teachers, included in which is an entire chapter devoted to different poetry forms of which the above are just a few. My website provides a taster, and my book will cover this and much more besides in a very unique and all inclusive way.

This page therefore covers all of the following topics, giving brief definitions/criteria and some of my own purpose written poems as examples. I promise that there is a lot more to come in the book, but for now, just follow the appropriate links.