Get ready for Poetry By Heart festive fun!
We’ve already chosen 24 fantastic festive poems that will feature in our door-a-day digital advent calendar for everyone to enjoy, in school or at home. The task for pupils and teachers alike is simple: find a poem you love and share it aloud. Take it a step further and learn it by heart. Then practise and polish until you have a poem you can perform at a school festive event, a community Christmas occasion or at home on Christmas Day.
Right now, if you’re quick off the mark, we’re looking for 24 teacher and/or pupil readings to include in the advent calendar. If you fancy 1.5 minutes in the national (and maybe even international once it goes live on Twitter) spotlight for you or your pupils, email us at email@example.com and we’ll send you your top secret instructions and your top secret poem. Rehearse, record and upload your poem video to us by 29th November (with all the usual consents, naturally) and we’ll include our favourites in the advent calendar.
All the way through December, we’ll also have a very special Christmas poems performance gallery on the website so if you’re not ready by 29th November, no problem! You’ll still be able to upload your videos and we’ll share them with the world!
All of our Christmas poems will be eligible for Poetry By Heart competition entries. So, if your students enjoy learning and reciting them, they could polish them up over Christmas and get ready for a school competition in the New Year! A single poem recited individually or as a group counts for the Celebration competition or if a student learns a second eligible poem they could enter the Classic national championships! Every competition entry receives individual feedback from the judges, a Poetry By Heart certificate and goodies. There’s really nothing to lose!