Judi Dench learns a poem a day to keep young

Dame Judi Dench tries to learn a new poem or word every day to keep her mind active. The authors of the new National Curriculum for England will no doubt be pleased to hear this, as reciting poetry features strongly, starting with reciting rhymes by heart at Year 1, progressing to preparing poems to read aloud and to perform at Year 6.

Teachers – you should take heart from the another story which appeared in the Guardian last week in which Dame Judi admitted that she gets nervous in front of large groups of school children!


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Filed under English, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Poems and poetry, Primary school

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