Poetry in the New Curriculum
Year 2 POS -
"..continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear."Year 4 POS -
"...preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and actionYear 6 POS -
recognising some different forms of poetry."
"...learning a wider range of poetry by heart."
Something that we have been doing for the past 3 years at Davyhulme Primary School is a whole school Choral Poetry competition. The idea is that the children learn and perform a poem with winners for EYFS, Year 2, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.
The competition runs in an X Factor style, where the judges (Head, Deputy and yours truly,) give feedback after each performance. Paying particular attention to the arrangement, use of props, use of voice for effect, movement, volume and creativity.
The children love this competition and the performances are outstanding. Now we will be able to link this to most of the poetry focused objectives. Here is this year's competition:
As a school that loves to promote and share children's work through our blog and social media pages, it gives us access to contact the poets who wrote the poems performed by the children. Not all the poets were on twitter, but the ones who were ALL replied and left some inspiring messages for the children.
When shared with the classes, the impact is fantastic! For the children knowing their hard work has been seen and appreciated by the professionals who created them is simply... Awesome!
There are some fantastic poets and authors who I have contacted and they have left a comment for children here are some we received from this year's poetry competition.