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11 January 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

DCPS Virtual Poetry Competition

Despite these uncertain and changing times we would still like to run our annual Denstone Prep Poetry Competition, but this year it will be virtual!

What type of poem should my child choose and how long should it be?

It can be any poem and should be a poem your child enjoys reading out loud. In terms of length, pupils in Y3 and 4 should aim to choose a poem approximately 15 lines long, and those in Year 5 and 6 should choose something longer, 20 lines plus, but this is for guidance only. The main aim of the competition is to have fun, celebrate poetry and encourage participation from as many pupils as possible. With this in mind, and in the interest of fairness, we politely request that pupils refrain from selecting poems they have already performed or have been learnt as part of their Lamda studies.

How you can help your child:

You may have poetry books at home but if you are struggling and need inspiration, we can recommend some good websites:
https://clpe.org.uk/poetryline/poet-videos
http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poetry-for-children/
http://childrenspoetryarchive.org/

Competition timeframe:

We will launch the competition via teams at the start of term and children will be encouraged to read around and think about what poem they would like to perform.

By the end of Week two children must have chosen their poem and submit their selected poem to their English teacher via teams before Monday 25th January. This can be a scanned copy/photograph/link to their choice of poem so that their English teacher can approve their choice or provide guidance for a suitable alternative. Once this is done your child must learn their poem off by heart and be ready to confidently perform them at home.

All performances will need to be recorded and submitted via teams no later than Friday 5th February 2021. The best performances from each year group will be shortlisted and forwarded to Mrs Davies and Mr Gear who will choose the winners and award the junior and senior cups virtually at the end of half term.

Best of luck,

Mrs. Lea
Year 6 Teacher

‘Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.’
– Robert Frost