We have been learning about slam poetry which is a form of poetry that is performed in front of an audience and judged. We have read some examples of slam poetry and watched some videos of poets performing their work, for example Michael Rosen and Lemn Sissay.
Working in our classes, we created our own slam poetry which we have refined in order to perform in front of our classes who will judge their favourite poem. When we perform, we need to learn to recite our poems from memory, with only a few notes if needed.
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Class 5S have already performed their poems to their class. Everyone performed their poem in two groups and the rest of the class voted for their favourite performance of the two. We took note of the style of the performance as well as the words of the poem. One of the winners of class 5s’ slam poetry was described by the audience as funny, it flowed well, there was good improvisation, interaction with the audience and had a good pace. A runner-up’s performance was described as snappy and a confident performance by an individual.
The other Year 5 classes will be performing their poems soon – come back to read our blog again for more updates!
We have enjoyed doing slam poetry as it helps to build your own confidence when you watch other people performing and you get a feeling of being happy with yourself because you’ve done well. Having other people judge you with good comments gives you a confidence boost.
By Lucy, Courtney, Zach and Thomas