S & D Syllabus

2017 Class Schedules.

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Verse Speaking

REFERENCE BOOKS

A. The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems
B. A First Poetry Book
C. Another Very First Poetry Book
D. Poetry for 9 years & under
E. A Third Poetry Book
F. The Nation’s Favourite Poems
G. Five of the Best A Puffin Quintet of Poets

 

Copies of all the set poems are available from the Secretary.

AGE TO ACCORD WITH THE RELEVANT SCHOOL YEAR

ClassRelevant School YearTest PieceBook ref./PageEntry
Class 1APre Reception ChildrenOwn Choice of a traditional Nursery Rhyme2.50
Class 1Reception ClassThe Wobbling Race by Clive RicheA/612.50
Class 2Year 1 ( March– August Birthdays inclusive)Heartbeat by Steve TurnerB/182.50
Class 3Year 1 ( September-February Birthdays inclusive)A Musical Family by John MoleA/482.50
Class 4Year 2 ( March-August Birthdays inclusive)The End by A A MilneC/822.50
Class 5Year 2 (September-February Birthdays inclusive)August Afternoon by Marion EdeyD/752.50
Class 6Year 3 (March– August Birthdays inclusive)Winter Morning by Ogden NashA/742.50
Class 7Year 3 (Sept-February Birthdays inclusive)Johnny’s Pockets by Alison WinnE/372.50
Class 8Year 4 (March-August Birthdays inclusive)My Grannies by June CribbenA/652.50
Class 9Year 4 (Sept-February Birthdays inclusive)Five Eyes by Walter de la MareF/182.50
Class 10Year 5 (March-August Birthdays inclusive)Motor Cars by Rowane Bastin BennetD/422.50
Class 11Year 5 (Sept-February Birthdays inclusive)Bedtime by Richard EdwardsG/592.50
Class 12Year 6 (March-August Birthdays inclusive)House Hunters by Eleanor FarjeonH/222.50
Class 13Year 6 (Sept-February Birthdays inclusive)Parrott by Alan BrownjohnH/722.50
Class 14Year 7The SnitterjipeC/57-582.50
Class 15Year 8Chasing the UnicornI/369-702.50
Class 16Year 9The Way through the Woods by Rudyard KiplingJ/782.50
Class 17Year 10Town Owl by Laurie LeeK/742.50
Class 18Year 11The Apple Raid by Vernon ScannelL/182-32.50
Class 19Year 12 and overFollower by Seamus Heaney2.50

Humorous Verse

ClassRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 20Year 2 and underOwn Choice2 minutes2.50
Class 21Years 3 and 4Own Choice2 minutes2.50
Class 22Year 5Own Choice3 minutes2.50
Class 23Year 6Own Choice3 minutes2.50
Class 24Years 7 and 8Own Choice4 minutes2.50
Class 25Years 9, 10 and 11Own Choice4 minutes2.50

A Copy of Own Choice Poems to be submitted at time of entry please.

Prose Speaking

ClassRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 26Year 6 and underAn Extract from The Railway Children by E Nesbit1½ minutes2.50
Class 27Years 7 and 8An Extract from Northern Lights by Philip Pullman2 minutes2.50
Class 28Years 9, 10 and 11An Extract from The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald3 minutes2.50
Class 29Years 12 and 13An Extract from “Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin4 minutes2.50

A Copy of Extract to be submitted at time of entry please.

Bible Reading

ClassRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 30 Bible ReadingYear 6 and under (Primary)St. Matthew Chapter 14 verses 14-212.50
Class 31 Bible ReadingYear 7 and over (Secondary)St John Chapter 13 verse 1-172.50
Class 32 Religious VerseYear 6 and underOwn Choice2 minutes2.50
Class 33 Religious VerseYear 7 and overOwn Choice3 minutes2.50

Any version of the Bible may be used, but a copy must be provided for the adjudicator

Original Writing

The poem MUST be sent to the Secretary at the time of entry : 16th January 2015. For Classes 34 & 35 please include your date of birth.

ClassOriginal VerseTest PieceEntry
Class 34Primaryown choice2.50
Class 35Secondaryown choice2.50
Class 36Adultown choice3.50

Performers are required to submit their own choice composition which may be either rhyming or free verse. The poem may be either spoken by the writer or another person chosen by the writer.

Mime Classes

ClassMimeTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 38Solo Mime PrimaryBaking or The Break Down2 minutes2.50
Class 39Solo Mime SecondaryThe Waiting Room or Shopping3 minutes2.50
Class 40Duo Mime PrimaryThe Bus Stop or The Interview3 minutes3.50
Class 41Duo Mime SecondaryOwn Choice3 minutes3.50
Class 42Group Mime Primary (not less than 4 people)Own Choice5 minutes6.00
Class 43Group Mime Secondary (not less than 4 people)Own Choice6 minutes6.00

IN ALL MIME CLASSES NO PROPS, OTHER THAN CHAIRS, MAY BE USED. MUSIC IS PERMITTED. IF POSSIBLE PERFORM IN BLACK CLOTHING

Dramatic Classes

ClassDramaRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 44Solo DramaticPrimaryOwn Choice3 minutes2.50
Class 45Solo DramaticYears 7 and 8Own Choice3 minutes2.50
Class 46Solo DramaticYears 9, 10 and 11Own Choice5 minutes2.50
Class 47Solo DramaticAge 16 years and overOwn Choice5 minutes2.50

Own Choice of an extract from a play or novel spoken by a character

Duologue Classes

ClassDuologueRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 48DuologuePrimaryOwn Choice5 minutes (including any prop setting)3.50
Class 49DuologueYears 7 and 8Own Choice6 minutes (including any prop setting)3.50
Class 50DuologueYears 9-12Own Choice6 minutes (including any prop setting)3.50
Class 51Dramatic QuartetYears 1 and 2“Holiday” or “The Strange Visit”3 minutes5.00
Class 52Dramatic QuartetYears 3, 4, 5 and 6“The e-mail” or “Oh, what a mess!”4 minutes5.00
Class 53Dramatic QuartetSecondary“Shock Result” or “Eureka”4 minutes5.00

Choral Speaking Choirs Are Not To Be Conducted

ClassDuologueRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 54Choral SpeakingYears 1 and 2“Quack!”Said the Billy Goat by Charles Causley or Lines and Squares by A A Milne or Alphabet Stew by Jack Prelutsky AND Own Choice of one contrasting poem.4 minutes5.00
Class 55Choral SpeakingYears 3, 4, 5 and 6We are Going to See the Rabbit by Alan Brownjohn or By St Thomas Water by Charles Causley or The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash AND Own Choice of one contrasting poem.4 minutes5.00
Class 56Choral SpeakingSecondary“Colonel Fazackerley” by Charles Causley OR “The Song of the Jellicles” by T. S. Eliot AND Own Choice of one contrasting poem10 minutes5.00
Class 57Choral SpeakingAdult“Matilda by Hialire Belloc or The Night Mail by John Betjeman or Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge AND Own Choice of one contrasting poem10 minutes6.00

Copies of these poems are available from the Secretary

Performers in Classes 58 to 60 must provide copies of Solo Verse, Prose  and Choral Speaking which they may be including in their performance.

ClassThemeRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 58JuniorYears 6 and under (not less than 5 people)A programme devised by the group illustrating one of the following : i Water ii Danger iii Escape8 minutes6.00
Class 59IntermediateYears 7 and 8 (not less than 5 people)A programme devised by the group illustrating one of the following : i Flight ii Time and Space iii Family Occasions10 minutes6.00
Class 60SeniorYears 9 to 11 (not less than 5 people)A programme devised by the group illustrating one of the following :i Disguise ii Phobias iii Happy Days12 minutes6.00

The theme must include at least three of the following skills:

  • a. Solo Verse
  • b. Prosed
  • c. Choral Speaking
  • d.Recorded Music 
  • e. Live Music
  • f. Mime and Movement
ClassThemeRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 61Shakespeare CharacterYears 6, 7 and 8Own Choice of a speech from one of the following plays i. Much Ado About Nothing ii. Romeo & Juliet iii. Midsummer Night’s Dream2 minutes2.50
Class 62Shakespeare CharacterYears 9, 10, and 11Own Choice of a speech from any play by William Shakespeare4 minutes2.50
Class 63Shakespeare CharacterYears 12 and 13Own Choice of a speech from any play by William Shakespeare4 minutes2.50
Class 64Shakespeare CharacterAdultOwn Choice of a speech from any play by William Shakespeare4 minutes5.00

The piece selected must be acted

ClassThemeRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 65Diary ReadingYears 7 and 8Own Choice of an extract from a diary3 minutes2.50
Class 66Diary ReadingYears 9, 10 and 11Own Choice of an extract from a diary3 minutes2.50
Class 67Verse SpeakingYears 3 , 4, 5 and 6Own Choice of any poem by James Reeves2.50
Class 68Verse SpeakingYears 7 — 12Own Choice of any poem by Charles Causley A copy must be provided for the adjudicator. This class may be divided.2.50
ClassThemeTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 69Sonnet Class OpenOwn Choice of two contrasting sonnets2.50
Class 70Prepared Prose ReadingAn extract from any novel by Charles Dickens3 minutes2.50
ClassThemeTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 71Musical Theatre Group (not less than 4 people)To perform an extract from a Musical which must include spoken word and 1 musical piece accompanied by either recorded or live music.15 minutes7.00

Please note: should entries be received from both Primary and Secondary ages, this class will be divided.

For Classes 72 – 75, Performers should prepare a news script which they will read as a radio news bulletin of the required duration. The script, which should be in the performer’s own words, should comprise news items which have been reported on radio, television or in the newspapers during January and February 2017. The adjudicator will assess both content and presentation.

ClassThemeRelevant School YearTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 72Radio News ReadingYears 5 and 6as above2 minutes2.50
Class 73Radio News ReadingYears 7 and 8as above3 minutes2.50
Class 74Radio News ReadingYears 9 and 10as above4 minutes2.50
Class 75Radio News ReadingYears 11 and 12as above5 minutes2.50
ClassThemeTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 76Musical Theatre OpenTo introduce a character from a musical and perform one song.4 minutes2.50

Accompanist will be provided if necessary. CDs not allowed.
Music must be included with entry please.

ClassThemeTest PieceTime LimitEntry
Class 77Open Theme ClassA programme devised by the group illustrating any one of the options listed in Classes 58—60.12 minutes2.50