Poetry By Heart

 

 

Poetry by Heart Competition

 

Poetry By Heart is back with more competition options, expanded website resources for teaching and learning about poetry, and an exciting new partnership to bring more benefits to teachers and pupils in association with the English Association, The Poetry Society, The Poetry Archive and Homerton College.

  • Individual and group recitation competition entries for Key Stage 2, 3 and 4
  • More GCSE poems on the Key Stage 4 anthology timeline and a new showcase of Romantic poetry
  • New anthology timelines for Key Stage 2 and 3
  • New Teaching Zone with curated collections of poetry teaching resources

The 2019-2020 competition will launch on National Poetry Day. The school round of the competition will start after October half term and run until February half term. County and regional winners will be selected by our expert poetry recitation judges. National finals events will take place in late March 2020. Sign up now to our pre-registration list to be the first to hear all the competition details when we go live.

 

Download Poetry By Heart Primary A3 Guide 2019

Download Poetry By Heart Secondary Guide 2019

Read it now: 'Repeat after me: a defence of learning by heart' by Malcolm Hebron in The Use of English 2006 (57.3)

About the competition

Poetry By Heart is an inspiring competition for students in schools and colleges to learn and to recite poems by heart.  Not in an arm-waving, props-supported thespian extravaganza, but as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem. In the process, pupils foster deep personal connections with the poems chosen and bring poetry alive for their friends, families and communities.

Poetry By Heart successfully engages young people from diverse social backgrounds and all types of school in personal discovery of the pleasures of poetry. It works because schools can tailor the competition to suit their context. You can get started with a lunchtime competition with three pupils; you can scale it up to a whole class or year group activity; you can invite the whole school to enter and have a special poetry performance evening. National finalists have come from all these competition types.

Now there is an opportunity to involve younger pupils in Key Stage 2 and 3, and to try out individual and group recitation. There is even an opportunity for teachers and school librarians to compete!

 

What teachers and students say about Poetry By Heart

Teachers who have organised Poetry By Heart competitions have told us it:

  • was a catalyst for new approaches to poetry teaching, learning and enjoyment
  • helped them to raise the profile of poetry in school/college
  • helped them to focus pupil attention on the sounds of poetry as part of its meaning and pleasure
  • gave their students a valued opportunity for local and national recognition

They also said their students:

  • enjoyed poetry more
  • were more willing to take on new challenges
  • had a better understanding of how poetry works
  • were better able to use memory techniques
  • were more confident about speaking in public

Hear what students say about Poetry By Heart themselves in this short video:

 

 

 

 

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Poetry By Heart is back with more competition options, expanded website resources for teaching and learning about poetry, and an exciting new partnership to bring more benefits to teachers and pupils in association with the English Association, The Poetry Society, The Poetry Archive and Homerton College

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