Literary Fun for National Poetry Day
Our National Poetry Day celebrations began with a journey back in time to the late 1800s as 8S were taken on a fascinating trip to the Quantocks and Nether Stowey to explore the life and poetry of Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
We are extremely lucky to live in such close proximity to the 17th-century cottage that Mr Coleridge once called home. This humble Georgian home was where Coleridge penned some of his finest works, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, and Christabel.
Working with William Wordsworth on the duo’s collection of poetry Lyrical Ballads, it was also here, in the wild west Somerset landscape, that the literary movement of Romanticism was born.
As well as participating in a dramatic re-telling of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the pupils viewed letters written in Coleridge’s own hand, and were able to experience the practical difficulties of writing with quill and ink. Thoroughly inspired by the landscape of the Quantocks and the cottage itself, the group also spent time developing their own creative writing.
Similarly, back at school, the rest of our pupils were having some literary fun of their own…
Year 3 created a poet-tree in the Rose Garden, where they showcased their highly creative submissions. Year 4 also had fun with words, using coloured chalk to graffiti poetry on the tennis court walls.
In the classroom, Year 5 explored the topic of ‘change’ through their own poems, which they printed on t-shirts and wore for the duration of the day. Meanwhile, things were getting theatrical in the Arts Centre as Year 6 showed the rest of the school how poetry can be enjoyed through the medium of drama.
Year 7 also enjoyed a full day of events. They were joined by the Bristol-based company, The Poetry Slam, who delivered a series of interactive performances and workshops. The day ended with an exciting poetry competition (titled “The Slam”). Congratulations to winners Richard Hector, Inigo Guerra Munoz and Hayden Hsu on their winning title!
To round off National Poetry Day, our librarian Mrs Marcuccilli held a blackout poetry competition for children (and teachers!) across all year groups.
Commenting, Emily said: “The pupils and staff were challenged to create a poem using a specific page from a book that I had selected. Year groups were working from identical pages but it was fascinating to see how very different the resulting poems were. Many embellished their creations with colour and drawings, adding an extra dimension to their poems.”
The winners really impressed the judges with their creativity and imagination and the results were as follows: Alice in Yr 3, Sylvie in Year 5, Arabella in Year 6, Beth in Year 7 and a tie between Alyshia and George H in Year 8. Nurse Keeling also won our Staff Poet category!”