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Off By Heart Poetry Competition 2019


We are proud to announce the launch of our 6th annual Leigh Primary School Off By Heart Poetry Competition!

For this competition we are asking all the children to learn one poem from the list below 'Off By Heart'. The children will be reciting their poems in class and the two winning entries from each class will go through to the Grand Final in Jessica's Hall on Friday 6th December 2019. These are always terrific events and all the children always perform absolutely brilliantly and we are extremely grateful to our three independent judges for making the tough decisions for us! There are lots of photographs of last year's event in the Galleries section of this website which can be found by clicking here.

All the poems for this year can be accessed on this page of the website.  The best way of learning a poem is not to try and do it all at once. Little and often, line by line, is often the best approach. You can still have a go at learning one of these. Staff and parents are also encouraged to have a go as this will also give the children encouragement!


Our 2018 Off By Heart Grand Finalists


There are poems for Key Stage 1.  There are 14 poems to choose from.

A Little Seed

Aliens From The Planet Trouble



Five Little Monkeys

Four Jolly Pirates

Humpty Dumpty

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Shampoo Sally

Song Of The Train


The North Wind

The Small Ghostie

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


The Key Stage 2 poems can be found by clicking on the links below. There are 22 poems to choose from. Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are nonsense. Some might make you think. They are all fantastic poems however and we hope you find one that you would like to learn.


 Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Nature Trail


Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

The Dentist And The Crocodile

I Opened A Book


From A Railway Carriage


Song of the Witches

The Sea is a Hungry Dog

Chocolate Cake

The Magic Box

The Dragon Who Ate Our School

Gran, Can You Rap?

The Night Mail

In Flanders Fields

Bed In Summer

The Door


Walking With My Iguana


Get learning and good luck.....!


Poetry is a story

that is so good

it doesn't need

complete sentences


To access a recording of last year's Grand Final please click here