Please click on the links below to enjoy stories being read by Mrs Perry, Mrs Poncia, Mrs Crane and Miss Olver.
THE POETRY BASKET AT MALCOLM SARGENT
“The more children can play among the waves, the rhythms, the rhymes and the music inherent in spoken language, the more they are developing memory.” Stephen Fry
Why is Poetry Important?
- Learning poems together is an enjoyable way of experiencing the play of language.
- Reciting poetry creates a close bond between the adult and the child.
- Saying poems out loud emphasises the sounds and rhythms of language or the syllables contained in each word; a vital part of learning to read.
- When reciting a poem with actions, children discover and use new words in an almost effortless way. It is as if the rhythm and the structure of the verse give context to these unfamiliar phrases.
- Poetry develops the skill of prediction, where the rhyming structure of the poems allows children to guess what word might come next.
- As children recite poetry, the neurons in their brain light up. By repeating and learning new poems regularly, they strengthen their ability for memorising in this way.
- The more poems children hear and recite, the more capable they become of recognising and memorising patterns, a vital part of early maths.
Every half-term, the children in EYFS, Y1 and Y2 will thoroughly learn a poem to perform to an audience. See below for some videos followed by a list of the poems they will learn in each year.
EYFS pupils performing 'Chop Chop'
Y1 pupils performing 'Pointy Hat'.
Y2 pupils performing 'Who has seen the wind?'