Day 1 Teaching
Discuss the terms ‘choral and performance poetry’ and watch some clips of poetry being performed. What makes a poem good for performance? Discuss and list ideas. Introduce the poem All of Us Knocking on the Stable Door by David Harmer.
In pairs, children read and discuss the poem, highlighting features which make it good for performance. They refer to the class list and note elements to add. Remind children that reading aloud is a good way of testing a poem’s potential.
Day 2 Teaching
Discuss and list key terms used to talk about poetry. Introduce Jack and the Beanstalk, by Roald Dahl. Children will read this poem and one other and compare them. Display a discussion prompt and explain how this can be used.
In groups, children read, discuss and compare Jack’s Tale and Jack and the Beanstalk using poetry terminology. They make notes, guided by the prompts, ready to feedback at the end of the session.
Day 3 Teaching
Introduce the opening of a mystery poem. Which fairy tale is the poem retelling? Discuss how the poem could be performed. Explain that today children will read this and possibly another and answer questions about language, style and performance.
Children read Fuss Fuss Fuss or The Goldilocks Rap and Goldilocks on CCTV. They answer formal comprehension questions on each.
Day 4 Teaching
Put children in groups. Play a video of Michael Rosen giving performance advice. Children make notes and choose areas to apply in their own performance. Each group chooses a poem they will prepare to perform to the children in the school.
Children read their poems aloud, developing and noting performance ideas. They aim to learn the poems and to create an engaging performance.