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Poetry By Heart Competition

In the Autumn term, we launch our Poetry By Heart Competition. It's a time where our children can explore the poetic world and challenge themselves to performing a poem of their choice off by heart!


In 2018,  our competition was launched by the critically acclaimed poet Joseph Coelho. He came to Sholing to share his poetry and where his passion for writing prose came from. Inspired by the world quite literally around him, Joseph used his poetry to take us to his home town of London and shared some of his favourite foods! It was such an honour! 


After a whole school assembly, some of our children even had he chance to work more closely with Joseph in two workshops he lead, exploring different ways of creating poems.


This year, our theme is based on another inspiring idea - The Book of Hopes. It's a collection of short stories and poem collated by author Katherine Rundell with contributions made by numerous children's authors such as Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider series). The book was put together in response to the National Lockdown and continues to bring light and positivity to children online and in the classroom.


Competition Day  Friday 11th December 2020

Poetry by Heart 2020 LAUNCH

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The Hope-o-Potamus

This is a poem that Greg and I wrote for The Book of Hopes, a collection of short stories, poems and essays on the theme of hope collated by our friend Kathe...

Competition Day 2019

How does the competition work?


Every year has a different theme, all you need to do is to choose a poem based on that theme! Can't find one? Then why don't you have a go at writing one?!


Next, it's time to start learning it off by heart. Friends and family are brilliant for helping with part. 

Using actions can also be a useful way of remembering which line of the poem you're up to.


The competition is launched just before half term so you'll have the half term to practice!


Once we're back at school, it's competition time! You'll be asked to perform your poem to your class. The best performance in each class will be selected by the class teacher and put through to the final. 


The final will take place on the same day, but this time will be during our Celebration Assembly. Finalists will them perform once more for the whole school (or via a recording if shyness appears!) in a battle to be their year group's winner!

Winners are selected by our judging panel, consisting of our Head Boy and Head Girl and one of our school Governors.


Trophies, certificates, prizes, house points and stamps are all available to our contestants who choose to take part in this fantastic competition!