Set the Poetry By Heart Half Term Challenge
One way to get your competition under way is to set everyone the challenge of learning one poem by heart. It’s a great home learning challenge for anyone self-isolating and for everyone over half term. When students return to school, you’ll also have some lovely poetry moments to share – and you’ll be well on your way to a school/college competition! For the Classic competition, your reciters would only need to learn one more poem to complete their 2-poem set, one pre-1914 and one post-1914. For the 1-poem Celebration competition, your individuals or groups would simply need to polish their act!
The challenge is simple. Students find one poem they love on the Poetry By Heart website, they learn it by heart and get ready to share it aloud in school/college after half term. They can take the challenge on their own or with friends. Guidance and instructions for parents or students are in the Learning Zone here – it’s all free, no login is required and you can share it with everyone. There is also a downloadable pdf version in the Teaching Zone if you prefer to print it or share it in that format (login needed). Why not invite parents and all school staff to join in too! We’re over on Twitter @poetrybyheart if you want to share some performances there!