Freedom - La Liberté

National Poetry Day is on 28th September and this year's theme is ... Freedom

We're celebrating the event by publishing our own poem with simple images of Freedom as seen through the eyes of a child.

The poem is available in English, French, German and Spanish.

Try it as a springboard for children to write their own poem in the language of their choice!

National Poetry Day 2017

Find out more about National Poetry Day at https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/

The poems and activities could also support the European Day of Languages taking place on September 26th.

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La Liberté introSuggestions for use in class

Explain that you're going to be looking at a poem about freedom - La Liberté.

Ask the children to close their eyes.
What picture comes into their head when they hear the word freedom?

Where are they when they feel free? What are they doing? What can they hear?


Play the poem in the language of your choice:
English, French, German or Spanish.
It can be used equally for literacy or for foreign language learning.
It's also fun to listen to in a language you don't know at all!

Simple navigation buttons on each page allow the user to pause and replay the scene. You can also remove the text to focus on listening skills without the distraction of the text.

The poem follows a very simple pattern.....an object/animal.....in/on/at.....a place.....
The two cloze activities below can help focus attention on individual words and spelling patterns. Click to preview or login to download.

Join In!

dragonflyWhat are the children's favourite lines or words in the poem in each of the languages?

How about dragonfly... golondrina... sommerhimmel... cerf-volant...?

Children could write their own lines to add to the poem, or improve an existing line simply by adding adjectives.

Send us your ideas, images (and recordings if you have them) and we'll publish them here!

La Liberté

A printable version of the poem.
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Missing Words - 1

Can you find the names of these objects and animals in the poem?

Missing Words - 2

A bit trickier! Find the words for the places and the objects or animals.

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