In class today we discussed the homework I have set. Part of the homework is to learn a poem by heart in order that we can recite it next week. We will then post them here next week.
One of our students asked if they could learn ‘a two line poem’ and, whilst I haven’t set any expectations of the length, I couldn’t help but wonder at the reasons for the question. Initially I wondered if the student was hoping to avoid a lot of ‘work’ but after asking the student, it became apparent that the poem was a particular favourite and was ‘actually four lines long’. Hmmm …
Again, whilst the poems need not be ‘long’ (and I certainly don’t want learning poetry to become a weekend chore), I am trying to encourage our children to push themselves – to engage with a positive (‘warrior spirit’) mindset. In year 6, one of our Literacy targets is spoken word performance and thus I hope to present a number of entertaining and lyrically engaging poems in a week’s time.
If it helps to encourage our children, I too will learn a poem and post it here – I’ll try to go beyond four lines. (wink)