to access your free competition kit, fortnightly updates and video entry uploader at the Poetry By Heart homepage…
via email, phone or video call, or join other educators in our fortnightly online Poetry Forum to explore ideas about making it work where you are…
whole school, a year group, a class or a club with our launch slides, video poem performances and whole class learn-along poems…
young people as they explore poems on the Poetry By Heart website, choose poems to learn and practise speaking them well…
all the poems aloud that your young people have learned – at a live or virtual, competitive or non-competitive, poetry speaking event…
the performances you want to enter in the national competition – Classic, Freestyle or Showcase, plus the All School Staff competition…
your selected performances and drop the files into our online video entry uploader by midnight, Thursday 31st March 2022. Find out how to upload here…
for the live announcement of who has been selected to perform at Shakespeare’s Globe in our online Poetry Forum at 4pm on Wednesday 27th April 2022…
the extraordinary poem performances of our National Championship Finalists, our freestylers and showcasers at Shakespeare’s Globe, or via our online Performance Gallery.
Tell us about your Poetry By Heart plans and we’ll send some ‘I took part in Poetry By Heart’ button badges (while they last)! We may also have poem posters and extra calendars if you’re quick.
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Taking part in Poetry By Heart
There are three main types of national entry for young people available this year, all possible by video performances made at home or in school.
The 2-poem National Championship
Young people learn two poems from the Poetry By Heart website – one published in or after 1914, and one from before 1914. It’s a solo competition for individuals performing in a simple, classic style – just the young person, their chosen poems and their natural speaking voice or signing style. National Championship judging focuses on voice, understanding, performance and accuracy.
The 1-poem Celebration
Young people learn any one poem from the Poetry By Heart website. They can enter solo, in pairs, small groups or whole classes. Original performance styles are strongly encouraged. Celebration judging focuses on a compelling original performance of the poem. The monthly challenges for each poem in this calendar illustrate some possibilities for this freestyle category where anything goes as long as the poem is out loud and by heart.
You could also consider:
• Choral performance with multiple voices assigned to different parts
• Performance that uses image and sound alongside the spoken voice
• Animation, dramatization, mime or dance alongside the spoken voice
• Performance in a setting related to the poem or with a musical instrument
The non-competitive option
Young people perform any other poem not on the Poetry By Heart website. This could be a poem they have written themselves, or a poem written in another language, or a much-loved poem from any other source including web collections available at CLPE’s Poetry page, Children’s Poetry Archive or Poetry Society.
The 1-poem challenge
Any member of staff or trainee teacher learns any poem from the Poetry By Heart website and performs it in any style, solo, in pairs or any size group.
Finalists in the National Championship plus selected participants in all other categories will be invited to perform at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, summer term 2022. More details are in your free online competition kit at the Teaching Zone.
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Guidance in case of Covid-19 disruption
Flexibility is key. In case you face any COVID-19 disruption during the school year, please consider:
– that you can enter Poetry By Heart by hosting an online school event via digital platforms such as Zoom, Teams or Skype. You can download some fun visual backgrounds from the Teaching Zone.
– if you want to have an on-site school event but Covid is making it difficult to organise, remember that your event can be as large or small as you want and you have until midnight on 31st March to submit your entry.
– you can ask students to record their performance videos from home, with the help of their families. They can send their videos to you and you can make the selection for the national competition.
The Poetry By Heart team is on hand to help you with anything you need. Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 905 5338. If you have other ideas for adapting Poetry By Heart for Covid conditions, then we’d also be very happy to speak to you!
We want to encourage young people, their families and their teachers to join in and have fun with poetry however conditions allow.