Words of Wight: My Island Life
What is it?
All children from IOW schools are invited to enter a Spoken Word competition as part of IOW Day 2017.
Entries will be divided into age groups:
Secondary 12-15 years
Young Adult 16 -18 years
Individual or team entries
Each school is to select one person or group entry in each of their relevant age groups to put forward for the final judging. From this group of finalists one winner will be chosen in each age group. The age group winners will perform at Island’s got Talent on 23/09/17 and an overall winner selected.
We encourage each school to hold their own competition to select their entrant for the final for the relevant age group(s). IOW Day will facilitate schools in contacting local media to cover their individual competitions in the press.
Register your school Words of Wight competition on iowday.com schools page
Tweet your competition and school winner using #IOWDay2017
Add to our Facebook page isleofwightday
Add to your school Facebook page and website
Contact The County Press
Contact Isle of Wight Radio Mark the subject line of your email “iowday 2017 Schools”. Schools can send an audio file attachment of their winning entry plus names of the pupil[s] in this email together with details of your own school competition. Please ensure you have relevant parental permissions
Register your entry below
Work should be based on the theme My Island Life
It can include:
|Short prose||Rhymed prose|
and anything else within the broad definition of prose and poetry performed aloud. Poetry slam competitions give a great idea of what can be created.
Time limit of 3 minutes. Entries should preferably be filmed or audio recorded and uploaded to our website.
Entries by 18th July 2017
Winners announced 5th September 2017
Winners of each age group will perform at Island’s got Talent 23rd September 2017
The winners will receive a trophy to keep
We would love each school to select a pupil to be their school liaison ambassador for IOW Day, with a staff member supporter if needed. They will have access to the IOW Day team member for schools who can provide them with information and resources to spread the word about IOW Day and their school involvement in the Spoken Word competition.
What is Isle of Wight Day?
Words of Wight; Schools’ Role
Schools have an essential role in our community and are often central in making links with local community groups and organisations. By participating in this competition pupils will be able to make a positive contribution to the celebrations and create an archive of material which can be used to communicate the shared values we have about our Island and why it is special to residents and visitors.
It is anticipated that entry in this competition and creation of these Spoken Word pieces will encourage pupils to reflect on their identity as part of the schools Citizenship education.
We anticipate that this project could be incorporated into programmes of study by contributing to work in the following areas in an exciting way.
National Curriculum Spoken English Targets
- Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
- Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
- Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
- Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
- Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
- Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.
English Key Stage 3: Spoken Language
- Giving short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point
- Improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.
- English Programmes of Study Key Stage 4
Pupils will develop skills to speak confidently, audibly and effectively, including through:
- working effectively in groups of different sizes and taking on required roles, including leading and managing discussions, involving others productively, reviewing and summarising, and contributing to meeting goals/deadlines
- improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.
Resources and Inspiration
Any writing which is enhanced by being read aloud:
Playground and clapping games
Lewis Carroll especially Jabberwocky
Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Michael Rosen- his website michaelrosen.co.uk has clips of him reading aloud
www.poetrysociety.org has a section for young poets including Page Fright for performance poetry
Secondary Schools (and older primary pupils)
BBC Radio has lots of resources on their website- search Spoken Word and Words First.
SLAMbassadors UK organisation to encourage 12-18 year olds in slam poetry creation and performance. They offer masses of resources and will provide school workshops poetrysocietry.org SLAMbassadors under the Competitions tab.
youthspeaks.org (not the UK version which is more formal public speaking) they have clips from their teen poetry slam on vimeo and youtube
Become a slam poet in 5 steps- Gayle Danley on TedEd.com
Tedx poetry slam
A few performers to get you started
Benjamin Zephaniah, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Noah St John, Harry Baker (he’s English!)- A love poem for lonely prime numbers on Ted.com
And one for the teachers! Taylor Mali- What Teachers Make on TED and Youtube (Warning : small bit of swearing at the end)