Poetry Slam

Virtual Visit to a Poetry Slam

This exciting virtual visit doesn’t just involve your school, but links you up with two other schools to take part in the latest craze sweeping the stages. Your pupils can take part in their very own poetry slam! Pit your best poetry efforts against those of fellow schools as you go head to head in a fast and furious competition where only one pupil from each school can be crowned Poetry Slam Champion. Don’t worry, our host Rhyming Ron will make sure the battle is a friendly, funny and casualty free confrontation!

Age Range

This visit can be tailored to any age range within KS2

What will the virtual visit include?

The virtual visit will provide an opportunity for a small group of around 3-5 schools to take part in a collaborative poetry slam contest.

During a poetry slam, each school will perform a number of poems written and performed by individuals and groups, as well as the opportunity to participate in a whole class performance. Full details of how the contest works will be sent on sign-up, but each class will need to compose beforehand a number of original poems on a theme chosen from a provided list. A selection of poems can be written and performed individually or in small groups and broadcast to the other participating schools, who will agree a score for each participant. In addition, each school will perform a whole-class poem which will be judged by the host Rhyming Ron. The winning poets from each school will be crowned Poetry Slam Champions, and Rhyming Ron will also announce which school has won the whole-class performance.


The virtual visit will last between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the number of schools participating. The virtual visit can be with any size group, large or small, although obviously the size of the group will influence the opportunities that individuals have for participating. We would encourage each school to hold their own ‘mini poetry slam’ beforehand to choose a number of poems which will be performed during the virtual visit, and of course the whole-class performance allows everyone to take part in the event.

Links to the Curriculum

The virtual visit will provide an impetus for the composing of, and vehicle for the performance of, poetry in the classroom. Before the event, pupils will compose a number of poems chosen from a list of themes provided. They will then decide on, and practice, the performance of their poetry both before the event within your class, and during the event to other schools. (En 1a,b,c,d,e; 2a,b,c,d,e,f; 9a; 11; Speaking 1b,c; 8b, 9a)

In addition, taking part in any video conference provides many opportunities for developing speaking and listening skills. Pupils have to take turns and soon realise that it is not possible for them to all talk at once. The focused nature of the visit will encourage concentration and listening skills. The visit takes the form of a group conversation so it is an excellent vehicle for developing good listening and turn-taking behaviour.

Pupils have the opportunity to

  • speak clearly, preparing beforehand what questions they are going to ask and choosing those words carefully. They will also need to take into account the needs of the presenter –  speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating questions when needed (KS2 Speaking En 1a, b, c, e f)
  • listen carefully to what is being said, and keep concentrating otherwise they may miss an instruction or learning point. Deciding if you need to ask further questions to clarify points and listen to the questions and answers that other pupils are asking as well. (KS2 Listening En 2c, e)
  • learn how to participate in a group discussion by taking turns to speak and understanding that different people have different parts to play in a group discussion (KS2 Speaking En 3a)
  • speak to a wider range of people than the audience within school, and listen to adults giving detailed explanations and presentations (KS2 Speaking En 8b, 9a)
  • experience video conferencing as an ICT tool to facilitate collaboration between people separated by distance, and how this can be used as a wider tool both within and outside school (ICT KS2 5b,c)