At James Brindley, we value poetry as an art form. We read, discuss and learn poems by heart. We play with words, ideas and structure to write our own poems. We like to share our work as a school.
The brief synopsis below explains the focus for each of the videos at the bottom of this page. The videos show highlights from our recent poetry assembly. We hope you'll enjoy watching them.
Years 1 - 6 performed original poems in a special 'Performance Poetry' assembly. All children involved learned their poems off by heart to help them maintain good eye contact with their audience.
Watch highlights and find out more about the learning involved in each Year groups performance, below.
Year 1 have been looking at the poem ‘Heard it in the Playground’ by Allan Ahlberg. We have been concentrating on learning to recite poems by heart. This has allowed us to work on our performance of the poem to make it more interesting for the audience. We also added appropriate actions to help us during the assembly performance.
Year 2's Learning Challenge 'Why Would a Dinosaur Not Make A Good Pet?' gave lots of opportunities for fiction and non fiction writing in our English lessons, and we also spent time reading a variety of dinosaur themed poems. This led on to us working in small groups to create our own poem based around a particular dinosaur. In our group we thought hard about rhythm and rhyme as we tried to make our poems flow. We also came up with appropriate actions to allow us to perform our poems to an audience.
Year 3 have been looking at a variety of different poems, from 'The school kid rap' by John Foster to 'The pig' by Roald Dahl. We looked at the features of a good performance and put them into practise. We looked at Roger Stevens and his poem 'Teacher teacher.' The children found the poem entertaining and enjoyed writing their own adapted versions, related to our school and class. Six children performed snippets from their poems in assembly.
Year 4 have been looking at kennings. After writing them about animals and our family and friends, we set the children the challenge of writing a kenning about a member of staff at James Brindley. The children wrote their own kennings and worked in groups to make up their own actions to perform their poem. We added props to add a visual element to our kennings. Can you guess who they were written about??
Year 5 have been reading classic poetry. We studied and learned Robert Frost's famous 'Stopping by woods on a snowy evening' before children adapted the poem to bring it into the 21st century. Three children performed their original adaptations in assembly. We also studied the Alfred Noyes classic poem, 'The Highwayman'. Children loved the story told through the clever use of metaphors and similes. A group performed a small scene from the poem in our assembly. They had to convey a character's feelings through small movements and only a few words.
Year 6 have been studying the Poem 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. Together as a class we highlighted poetic features, such as, repetition, alliteration and personification, before considering what we would like to put into 'our box.' We thought carefully about imagery and how we could use our vocabulary choices to make these images come alive. The children then completed their own original versions of the 'Magic Box' using their own imagination and ideas.