S & D Syllabus

VERSE SPEAKING

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

 

  1. The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems
  2. Is A Caterpillar Ticklish pub. Puffin
  3. I Like this Poem Edited by Kaye Webb pub Puffin
  4. Read Me (Blue Book)
  5. Another Very First Poetry Book pub Oxford
  6. Read Me 2
  7. 100 years of Poetry
  8. A First Poetry Book by Puffin
  9. A Quartet of Poets pub Puffin

 

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

 

AGE TO ACCORD WITH THE RELEVANT SCHOOL YEAR

                                                                                                Book ref./Page                      Entry fee

Class 1A

Pre-Reception Children

Test Piece: Own Choice of a traditional Nursery Rhyme                            £2.50

 

Class 1

Verse Speaking Reception Class

Test Piece: The Tickle Poem by Ian Serraillier                             A/3                         £2.75

 

Class 2

Verse Speaking Year 1 (March– August Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece Kite Anon                                                                          A/27                       £2.75

Class 3

Verse Speaking Year 1 (September-February Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece:  The Dragon by Daphne Lister                     B/133                     £2.75

Class 4

Verse Speaking Year 2 (March-August Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece:  Upside Down by Aileen Fisher                   C/19                       £2.75

 

Class 5

Verse Speaking Year 2 (September-February Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece: It’s Dark in Here by Shel Silverstein                          D/451                     £2.75

 

Class 6

Verse Speaking Year 3 (March– August Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece: There are Big Waves by Eleanor Farjeon         A/75                               £2.75

                                                                                                               Book ref/page       Entry Fee

Class 7

Verse Speaking Year 3 (Sept-February Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece: Autumn Woods by James S Trippett                               A/77                                £2.75

 

Class 8

Verse Speaking Year 4 (March-August Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece: It’s Only a Storm by Dave Ward                                                 E/76                       £2.75

 

Class 9

Verse Speaking Year 4 (Sept-February Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece: The Owl and the Astronaut by Gareth Owen                          D298                      £2.75

 

Class 10

Verse Speaking Year 5 (March-August Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece: Where the Boats Go by Robert Louis Stevenson                     C/49                       £2.75

 

Class 11

Verse Speaking Year 5 (Sept-February Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson  F/340                     £2.75

 

Class 12

Verse Speaking Year 6 (March-August Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece: Something told the Wild Geese by Rachel Field   G/37          £2.75

Class 13

Verse Speaking Year 6 (Sept-February Birthdays inclusive)

Test Piece The Marrog by R C Scriven                                                          H/108                     £2.75

 

Class 14

Verse Speaking Year 7

Test Piece: The Lament of the White Mouse by E V  Rieu   I/129            £2.75

Class 15

Verse Speaking Year 8

Test Piece:  Boy at the Window by Richard Wilbur       D/ 161 £2.75

 

Class 16

Verse Speaking Year 9

Test Piece: Awake in the Siesta by Elizabeth Jennings E/ 446                  £2.75

 

Test Piece: War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy                                                       F172                        £2.00

Copy available from the Secretary

 

Class 17                                                                                Book ref./page      Entry fee

Verse Speaking Year 10

Test Piece: The Soldier by Rupert Brook                                       J/16                        £2.75

 

 

Class 18

Verse Speaking Year 11

Test Piece: If by Rudyard Kipling                                        C/165                             £2.75

 

 

Class 19

Verse Speaking Year 12 and over

Test Piece: To Autumn by John Keats                                C/174/5               £2.75

 

HUMOROUS VERSE

 

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

 

Class 20

Humorous Verse Speaking Year 2 and under

Test Piece: Own Choice                     Time Limit: 2 minutes                        £2.75

 

Class 21

Humorous Verse Speaking Years 3 and 4

Test Piece: Own Choice                    Time Limit: 2 minutes                        £2.75

 

Class 22

Humorous Verse Speaking Year 5

Test Piece: Own Choice                    Time Limit: 3 minutes                        £2.75

 

Class 23

Humorous Verse Speaking Year 6

Test Piece: Own Choice                    Time Limit: 3 minutes                        £2.75

 

Class 24

Humorous Verse Speaking Years 7 and 8

Test Piece : Own Choice                   Time Limit : 4 minutes                      £2.75

 

Class 25

Humorous Verse Speaking Years 9, 10 and 11

Test Piece: Own Choice                    Time Limit : 4 minutes                      £2.75

 

Class 29

Prose Speaking 13 to 16 years                                          Time Limit: 3 minutes

An Extract from “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini

Or “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte                                                                                 £2.00

 

Class 26

Prose Speaking Year 6 and under                                    Time Limit: 1½ minutes

Test Piece: An Extract from The Railway Children by E Nesbit or

The Lost Magician by Piers Torday                                                                                £2.75

 

Class 27

Prose Speaking Years 7 and 8                           Time Limit: 2 minutes        £2.75

Test Piece: An extract from  The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas by John Boyne or  Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Class 28

Prose Speaking Years 9, 10 and 11                  Time Limit: 3 minutes        £2.75

Test Piece:  An Extract from  Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Or Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Class 29

Prose Speaking Years 12 and 13                      Time Limit: 4 minutes        £2.75

Test Piece : An Extract from “Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin

 

 

BIBLE READING

 

Class 30

Bible Reading Year 6 and under (Primary)

Test Piece:  St. Mark Chapter 4 verses 1-8                                                     £2.75

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

 

Class 31

Bible Reading Year 7 and over (Secondary)

Test Piece: St Matthew Chapter 5 verse 1-12                                £2.75

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

 

Class 32

Religious Verse Year 6 and under

Test Piece: Own Choice

Time Limit: 2 minutes                                                                                                        £2.75

 

Class 33

Religious Verse Year 7 and over

Test Piece: Own Choice

Time Limit: 3 minutes                                                                                                        £2.75

 

 

ORIGINAL WRITING

 

The poem MUST be sent to the Secretary at the time of entry: 16th January 2020. For Classes 34 & 35 please include your date of birth.

 

Class 34

Original Verse Primary                                                                                       £2.75

Test Piece: 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.

 

Class 35

Original Verse Secondary                                                                                  £2.75

Test Piece: 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.

 

Class 36

Original Verse Adult                                                                                                          £5.00

Test Piece: 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  

 

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

 

Class 38

Solo Mime Primary                                                                                                                             £2.75

Test Piece: The Bus Stop or The Waiting Room

Time Limit: 2 minutes

 

Class 39

Solo Mime Secondary

Test Piece:            The Bank              or Shopping                                                                          £2.75

Time Limit: 3 minutes

 

Class 40

Duo Mime Primary

Test Piece: The Shoe Shop or The Interview

Time Limit: 3 minutes                                                                                                            £3.75

 

Class 41

Duo Mime Secondary

Test Piece: Own Choice

Time Limit: 3 minutes                                                                                                                            £3.75

 

Class 42

Group Mime Primary (not less than 4 people)

Test Piece: Own Choice

Time Limit: 5 minutes                                                                                                                            £6.00

 

Class 43

Group Mime Secondary (not less than 4 people)

Test Piece: Own Choice

Time Limit: 6 minutes                                                                                                                            £6.00

 

DRAMATIC CLASSES

 

Class 44

Solo Dramatic Primary

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

Time Limit: 3 minutes                                                                                                                            £2.75

 

Class 45

Solo Dramatic Years 7 and 8

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

Time Limit: 3 minutes                                                                                                                            £2.75

 

Class 46                                                                                                                                 

Solo Dramatic Years 9, 10 and 11

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

Time Limit: 5 minutes                                                                                                                            £2.75

 

Class 47

Solo Dramatic 16 years and over

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

Time Limit: 5 minutes                                                                                                                            £2.75

 

DUOLOGUE CLASSES

 

Class 48

Duologue Primary

Test Piece: Own Choice

Time Limit: 5 minutes (including any prop setting)                                                               £3.75

 

 

Class 49

Duologue Years 7 and 8

Test Piece: Own Choice

Time Limit: 6 minutes (including any prop setting)                                                               £3.75

 

Class 50

Duologue Years 9-12

Test Piece: Own Choice

Time Limit: 6 minutes (including any prop setting)                                                               £3.75

 

Class 51

Dramatic Quartet Years 1 and 2

Test Piece: “Holiday” or “The Strange Visit”

Time Limit: 3 minutes                                                                                                            £5.00

 

Class 52

Dramatic Quartet Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Test Piece: “The e-mail” or “Oh, what a mess!”

Time Limit: 4 minutes                                                                                                                            £5.00

 

Class 53

Dramatic Quartet (Secondary)

Test Piece: “Shock Result” or “Eureka”

Time Limit: 4 minutes                                                                                                                            £5.00

 

Choral Speaking Choirs Are Not To Be Conducted        

 

Class 54                                                                                                                        

Choral Speaking Years 1 and 2

Test Piece: The Crocodile by Roald Dahl or Extremely Naught Children by Dorothy Edwards or First Day at School by Roger McGough

AND    Own Choice of one contrasting poem. Time limit: 4 minutes    £6.00

Class 55

Choral Speaking Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Test Piece: Colonel Fazackerley by Charles Causley or Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Or The Teacher by Gevase Phinn

 AND Own Choice of one contrasting poem. Time limit: 5 minutes        £6.00

Class 56

Choral Speaking Secondary

Test Piece: “The Song of the Jellicles” by T. S. Eliot

AND Own Choice of one contrasting poem

Time Limit: 10 minutes                                                                                          £6.00

 

Copies of these poems are available from the Secretary

 

Junior Theme Class 11 years and under (not less than 5 people)

Test Piece: A programme devised by the group illustrating one of the following:

i A Celebration                        ii. A Strange Encounter                           iii.  The Sea

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

  1. Solo Verse b. Prose
  2. Choral Speaking d. Recorded Music
  3. Live Music f. Mime & Music

Time Limit: 8 minutes                                                                                                                            £3.85

 

 

 

Class 57 

Choral Speaking (Adults)

Test Piece: The Lion and Albert or Stately as a Galleon by joyce grenfell or Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney.

AND Own Choice of one contrasting poem

Time Limit: 10 minutes                                                                                                          £7.00

 

Performers in Classes 58 to 60 must provide copies of Solo Verse, Prose and

Choral Speaking which they may be including in their performance.

 

Class 58

Junior Theme Class Years 6 and under (not less than 5 people)

Test Piece: A programme devised by the group illustrating one of the following:

i Fire                       ii Water                    iii Dreams

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

  1. Solo Verse d. Recorded Music
  2. Prose e. Live Music
  3. Choral Speaking f. Mime and Movement

Time Limit: 8 minutes                                                                                                                            £7.00

 

Class 59

Intermediate Theme Class Years 7 and 8 (not less than 5 people)

Test Piece: A programme devised by the group illustrating one of the following:

i Flight                     ii Time and Space        iii Family Occasions

The theme must include at least three of the skills listed above.

Time Limit: 10 minutes                                                                                                          £7.00

 

Class 60

Senior Theme Class Years 9 to 11 (not less than 5 people)

Test Piece: A programme devised by the group illustrating one of the following:

i Disguise                ii Phobias                 iii Happy Days

The theme must include at least three of the skills listed above.

Time Limit: 12 minutes                                                                                                          £7.00

 

Class 61

Shakespeare Character Study Years 6, 7 and 8                                                                      £2.75

The piece selected must be acted                                         Time Limit: 2 minutes

Test Piece: Own Choice of a speech from one of the following plays

  1. Much Ado About Nothing ii. Romeo & Juliet iii. Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

Class 62

Shakespeare Character Study Years 9, 10, and 11                                                 £2.75

The piece selected must be acted.                                        Time limit: 4 minutes

Test Piece: Own Choice of a speech from any play by William Shakespeare

               

Diary Reading 11 to 14 years                                 Time Limit : 3 minutes

Test Piece: An extract from: The Diary of Anne Frank                                         £2.00

 

Class 63

Shakespeare Character Study Years 12 and 13

The piece selected must be acted                         Time Limit: 4 minutes                            £2.75

Test Piece: Own Choice of a speech from any play by William Shakespeare

 

Class 64

Shakespeare Character Study Adult                                                                                       £5.00

The piece selected must be acted                         Time Limit: 4 minutes

Test Piece: Own Choice of a speech from any play by William Shakespeare

 

Class 65

Diary Reading Years 7 and 8                                 Time Limit: 3 minutes

Test Piece: Own Choice of an extract from Diary of Anne Frank                         £2.75

 

Class 66

Diary Reading Years 9, 10 and 11         Time Limit: 3 minutes                                    £2.75

Test Piece: Own Choice of an extract from The Diary of An Edwardian Lady

 

Class 67

Verse Speaking Years 3, 4, 5 and 6                                                                                        £2.75

Test Piece: Own Choice of any poem by James Reeves

A copy must be provided for the adjudicator.

 

Class 68                                                                                                                                  £2.75

Verse Speaking Years 7 — 12

Test Piece: Own Choice of any poem by Charles Causley

A copy must be provided for the adjudicator. This class may be divided.

 

Class 69                                                                                                                                  £2.75

Sonnet Class (Secondary)

Test Piece: Own Choice of two contrasting sonnets

 

Class 70                                                                                                                                  £2.75

Prepared Prose Reading          Time Limit: 3 minutes

Test Piece: An extract from any novel by  Charles Dickens

 

Class 71

Musical Theatre Group (not less than 4 people)

Test Piece: To perform an extract from a Musical which must include spoken word and 1 musical piece accompanied by either recorded or live music.

Time Limit: 15 minutes                                                                                                          £7.00

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

 

Class 72

Radio News Reading Years 5 and 6

Test Piece: Performers should prepare a news script which they will read as a radio news bulletin of 2 minutes 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 2020. The adjudicator will assess both content and presentation.                                                                                                    £2.50

Class 73

Radio News Reading Years 7 and 8

Test Piece: As above, but a bulletin of up to 3 minutes duration.                         £2.75

 

Class 74

Radio News Reading Years 9 and 10

Test Piece: As above, but a bulletin of up to 4 minutes duration                          £2.75

Class75

Radio News Reading Years 11 and 12

Test Piece : As above, but a bulletin of up to 5 minutes duration.                        £2.75

 

Class 76

Musical Theatre Open

Test Piece: To introduce a character from a musical and perform one song.

Time Limit: 4 minutes

Accompanist will be provided if necessary. CDs not allowed.

Music must be included with entry please.                                                                        £2.75

Class 77

Open Theme Class                                                                                                                  £2.75

Test Piece: A programme devised by the group illustrating any one of the options listed in Classes 58—60.     Time Limit: 12 minutes