Learning a poem off by heart
Memorising a poem requires focus and practice, but there are things you can do that help.
Remember the story the poem is telling.
Focus on the rhythm of the poem.
Look at the rhyming words used in the poem.
Think of actions or images that could go with each line.
Watch the following clip, in which Spike Milligan performs his famous poem
‘On the Ning Nag Nong’ from memory.
Listen carefully as you will be having a go at memorising part of this poem too!
Think about how Spike Milligan performed his poem, then answer these questions.
You could write your answers down on paper, discuss them or just think about them in your head.
1. What did you like about Spike Milligan’s performance? Why?
2. What do you notice about how he says the words in the poem?
3. Will you copy anything that Spike Milligan did when you perform this poem?
4. What do you notice about the rhythm and rhyme in this poem? Do you think this made it easier or harder to remember the poem?
Read the first six lines of ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ yourself, then copy them out carefully onto a piece of paper.
On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
Now draw pictures around your writing of the images that come into your head for each line.
For example: Next to the first three lines, you might draw a cow, a monkey and whatever you think a ‘Ning Nang Nong’ looks like!
Now try and memorise these six lines.
Remember: There are things you can do to make this easier.
Think about the story the poem is telling. Your images from should help with this.
Focus on the rhythm of the poem.
Looking at the rhyming words used.
Think of actions to go with each line.
For example: You could put two fingers up on each side of your head like horns for ‘The cows go bong’.
Cover one line at a time and see if you can remember it. Then keep going until you can do all six without looking.
Take your time and keep practising. Memorising takes time and focus.
Have a go at performing these six lines from memory.
You could perform it for someone at home, perform it to yourself in the mirror or you could even get an adult at home to video it and email it to us!
See if you can get all the way to the end of the six lines without looking at the words!
We can't wait to see your poetry performance!
Dividing a two digit number by 10
To divide by 10, you move the digits one place to the right.
You can use place value charts to help divide by 10. This helps you to see how the digits decrease in value.
27 ÷ 10 = 2.7
Use the pictures below to see how dividing by 10 effects the place value of each digit in this calculation.
Think about your street in Skipton. What type of houses are on your street? What type of house do you live in? What other buildings are close by? Find out five facts about your local area, what different buildings does it have? How old are some of those buildings? How have they changed over time? Use a map to locate them, look on Google Earth.
Were your family members all born in the local area? If not, how is their place of birth different to your own local area? If they were, how different is the local area since they were born? Talk about their memories of how it has changed.
Think about how you will present your findings, in a report, map form or a picture with labels?
Answers from last week's walk