Infants and Juniors Recite their Poems by Heart

During this morning’s Poetry Recitation Assembly, Infants and Juniors recited the poems that they have been memorising over the past half-term. 

Here is a list of the poems that were recited by each class: 

  • Lower Prep: ‘Rain’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Upper Prep: ‘Who has Seen the Wind?’ By Christina Rosetti
  • Year 2: ‘Hurt No Living Thing’ by Christina Rosetti
  • Year 3: ‘Autumn Fires’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Year 4: ‘The Eagle’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Year 5: ‘Sea Fever’ by John Masefield
  • Year 6: ‘This is the Night Mail’ by W.H. Auden

Memorising poetry has so many benefits for children, including stocking a child’s memory with a whole new set of language patterns, building vocabulary, and enhancing a child’s ability to comprehend difficult material. This article on the Mensa for Kids site has plenty of additional information about why memorising poems is good for children. 

Click below to watch one class’s poetry recitation. Bravo to all of the children for their terrific performances.