This week, we’re taking a break from our usual English virtual timetable (and grammar). Keep reading though – let us know when you’ve completed your global challenge and don’t forget to quiz.
We want each of you to learn a poem by heart – Michael Rosen suggests Benjamin Zephaniah’s ‘Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas’; Dame Judi Dench hopes at least one of you tries a Shakespeare sonnet; the Duchess of Cornwall recommends any of Hilaire Belloc’s ‘Cautionary Tales’. It will be a challenge, but if you manage it, the poem you will learn will be with you for the rest of your life.
The poems that are easiest to learn are ones with a strong rhythm – and ones you have a feeling for. ‘You’ve got to love the poem you want to learn,’ said Michael Rosen.
You need to learn your poem by saying it out loud. Hearing the words and feeling the rhythm are important. Rhymes aren’t essential – but they are hooks that can help you in the learning process.
Pick a poem you love and speak it out loud, then learn it, repeating it line by line, in the shower, in the kitchen, in the car, out of doors when you are taking a dog for a walk (if you’ve got a dog that is). Challenge members of your family to learn the poem too. Perhaps a relative could challenge you to learn a poem that they learned by heart when they were at school.
Please send a video of your poetry recital to:
Mr Williams – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Hughes - email@example.com
Mr Willcox - firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss McKeon - email@example.com
Make sure you state the title of your poem and name of the poet at the start. Have fun!
P.S. Year 6s – don’t forget to click on the Year 6 Leavers blog to see what needs doing, it's been updated!