Off By Heart Poetry Festival

As part of our school focus on improving the children’s speaking and listening skills and confident, we will be holding a poetry festival on National Poetry Day, which this year is on Thursday 4th October.

 We are calling the recital the St. Gregory Off By Heart Festival and we would love as many children as possible to take part. The children need to choose from a selection of poems and then learn them off by heart ready to perform to their class. Some children may then get chosen to perform their poem to the whole school that afternoon, but this is not a competition and so there are no prizes, although everyone who takes part will receive a certificate.

 The poems that the children can choose from are: 

Maple, Oak and Apple Classes

Willow, Beech and Redwood Classes

I Look In The Mirror by Wendy Larmont

Today I Saw A Little Worm by Spike Milligan

Cats by Eleanor Farjeon

The Lizard by John Gardner

Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne

Mrs Moon by Roger McGough

On the Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan

Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg

The Crocodile by Roald Dahl

The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

The Magic Box by Kit Wright

A Song Of Toad by Kenneth Grahame

Leisure by WH Davies

The Listeners by Walter de la Mare

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

 The children can get a paper copy of their poem from their class teacher and they are also available to view and download by clicking on the poem name link above.

 We recommend that the children do not try and learn the while poem at once and do a little at a time. It is more fun and easier for them if you can learn it with them too! They do not need any props or costumes for their performance and they should practice facing their audience as being as clear and expressive as possible.

Have fun learning your poems – we can’t wait to see how well the children do!