Published on October 4th, 2017 | by admin


Off By Heart Poetry Competition 2017

We are asking the children in years 1 to 6 to learn a poem from the list below ‘Off by Heart’. The children will be asked to recite their poems in class and winners will be chosen who will go through to the Grand Final in the hall at the end of October. This will be a terrific event and will include a panel of judges to help us choose the winners. The finalists will have their poetry recitation filmed. Poem choices for the competition are listed below. The best way to learn a poem is not to try and do it all at once. Little and often, line by line, is often the best approach.

Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are nonsense. Some might make you think. They are all fantastic poems however and we hope you find one that you would like to learn. Get learning and good luck!

Tips for a good performance:

Actions/ Props– using actions and props can make a poem into a PERFORMANCE, explore different ways of doing this but don’t go overboard as too many actions can take the audience away from the word.

To project your voice– during rehearsals ask someone to stand at the back of the room who will encourage you to project your voice. Being loud is not always appropriate; a soft voice in parts of a poem can really draw your audience in but make sure you can be heard from a distance.

Pace– experiment with the pace of your performances, too fast or too slow can really turn an audience off

Please click on the poem title to read the poem (you will be directed away from this site).

Poems for Key Stage 1

Poems for Key Stage 2

Green Eggs and Ham by Theodor Seuss Geisel 

Mrs Moon by Roger Mc Gough

My Sister Laura by Spike Milligan

Now We Are Six by A.A.Milne

On The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan

Tell Me Little Woodworm by Spike Milligan

The Time I like Best by Roger Mc Gough

There Was An Old Lady

Today I Saw A Little Worm Spike Milligan

Can a Parrot.. by Spike Milligan


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