Off by Heart

We will be setting an exciting challenge for your child over the Summer Break. 
In classes, all the children have been introduced to a range of delightful poetry: some funny, some rhyming, some classics etc… Each child has chosen their favourite poem and has been asked to learn the poem, ‘Off by Heart,’ over the holidays. They will have already started the process in class. The poems are all available here should your child lose their copy, or should they wish to change poem.
Reception Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Seuss
Today I Saw a Little Worm-Spike Milligan
KS1 The Lizard – John Gardener
Mrs Moon – Roger McGough
My Sister Laura – Spike Milligan
Today I Saw a Little Worm-Spike Milligan
Now We Are Six – A A Milne
Cats – Eleanor Farjeon
Tell Me Little Woodworm- Spike Milligan
There Was An Old Lady – Rose Bonne
Bed in Summer – Robert Louis Stevenson
KS2 The Magic Box – Kit Wright
The Sound Collector – Roger McGough
The Pig- Roald Dahl
Daffodils – William Wordsworth
The Owl and the Pussycat – Edward Lear
Leisure By WH Davies
Bedtime – Eleanor Farjeon
Matilda – Hilaire Belloc
The King’s Breakfast – AA Milne 

The best way to learn a poem is not to try and do this all at once; little and often, line by line, is often the best approach, but you can enjoy finding different ways to help your child. Staff and parents are also encouraged to have a go as this will give the children encouragement. 

Your child will be asked to have the poem ready for reciting, ‘Off by heart’, for the first week back, and a few children per class will be chosen to recite their poem in front of the school on Friday 8th September. 
Never before has Poetry had such a big focus than in the New Primary Curriculum. Learning poetry by heart, reciting and performing poems is prevalent throughout the new literacy curriculum: 
The National Curriculum states that:
by Year 2, pupils  “..continue to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear.”
by Year 4, pupils “…prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action recognising some different forms of poetry.”
and by Year 6, pupils “…learn a wider range of poetry by heart.” 
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