We were all delighted with the enthusiasm and skill of our children in learning a poem by heart linked to their Easter Holiday Project, ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’. Despite being a challenging task, the teachers each selected a winner from their class. These individuals then performed their poem at a poetry recital in front of their parents.
The skill of committing a poem to memory is a challenging one. To perform it with expression, volume and in some cases with props and actions to engage an audience is even more difficult but our children managed it brilliantly! The ability to memorise information is necessary throughout life and we were proud to see children employing a variety of strategies to learn their poem. They will then be able to apply these skills to other areas of their learning.
When asked about the experience, Ellie, a year six pupil, commented,
“It was good to be chosen because I like poetry and it was a good opportunity to express myself.”
Each child was presented with their own poetry anthology as a prize and we hope they will find other poems that inspire them in the future.