12 October 2016
8S visit Coleridge's Cottage
October 6th was National Poetry Day and 8S, who are studying 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', visited the Quantocks to see where the Romantic poets, Coleridge and Wordsworth, would walk for inspiration. The weather was bright and clear so the group were lucky enough to be able to see for miles – there was even some cattle! They then travelled to Nether Stowey to visit the National Trust Coleridge’s Cottage. There, the children had a tour and were given a real insight into how life would have been for Coleridge and his wife, Sarah, during their years there (1797-1800).They also learned about Coleridge’s life and ideas about what was important, including his love of the natural world.
Following the thorough tour, they were then able to practice writing with quills; it was much more difficult than it looked! After lunch, the group read through the whole of ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, everybody taking turns to read verses. The children did extremely well reading through some archaic language with confidence and clarity. They then took verses away in pairs to prepare, and then perform, dramatic readings.
The day finished with some quiet contemplation; the group looked back at photos taken on the Quantocks and began to plan ideas for writing their own poetry. They thought through poetic techniques they have learned and started to realise just how much craft is involved in writing poetry.