English KS2: ‘New Beginnings’ by Tony Walsh (Performance)

A performance of the poem, ‘New Beginnings’, by the poet Tony Walsh, on the set of the Writing and Performance Poetry Live Lesson.

Teacher Notes

This poem can be used to assist pupils in the transition between schools, most notably the transition between primary and secondary school.

Use this resource alongside the Writing and Performance Poetry Live Lesson, to encourage pupils to work on their performance techniques such as tempo, pitch and movement, as demonstrated by Tony Walsh.

Ask pupils to discuss which poetry techniques Tony uses within the performance of ‘New Beginnings’. What effect do these performance techniques have on the meaning of the poem?

Students can explore the poem for examples of changes.

Ask pupils to think of other situations where this poem would apply.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English at KS2 / Second Level in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Watch again: Writing and performance poetry - Live Lesson