Poetry

English Year 4 Summer Performance Poetry

Off by Heart

Read, discuss, learn and perform some fantastic poems from Off By Heart – Poems for YOU to Remember (Roger Stevens). Explore pronouns and fronted adverbials.

Start with the core unit to introduce key texts. Then select from comprehension, SPAG and composition units.

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introduction to memorising and performing poetry
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential text
Off By Heart – Poems for YOU to Remember chosen by Roger Stevens

Poems used
‘Revenge’ by Coral Rumble
‘Snow’ by Jane Clarke
‘The Eagle’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
‘Bed in Summer’, ‘The Moon’ and ‘Windy Nights’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
‘A Silver Birch’
‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Nouns and pronouns for cohesion
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Essential text (in resources)
‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf’ by Roald Dahl

Websites
Clip from Magic Light Pictures’ animation of Revolting Rhymes from YouTube.com

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Evaluating poems and making recommendations
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential text
Off By Heart – Poems for YOU to Remember chosen by Roger Stevens

Poems used
‘There is No Such Thing as Monsters’ by Roger Stevens
‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf’ by Roald Dahl
‘The Cats’ Party’ by Trevor Harvey
‘Eletelephony’ by Laura Elizabeth Richards
‘The Garden Year’ by Sara Coleridge
‘Ways to Come to School’ by Roger Stevens

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Adverbials and fronted adverbials
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Essential text
Off By Heart – Poems for YOU to Remember chosen by Roger Stevens

Poems used
‘The Jumblies’ by Edward Lear

Weblinks
The Jumblies by Edward Lear from the poetryfoundation.org
Animated recitation of ‘The Jumblies’ from YouTube.com

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Write and perform a poem
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential text
Off By Heart – Poems for YOU to Remember chosen by Roger Stevens

Poems used
‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti
‘Flint’ by Christina Rossetti