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18 October 2017

Year 8 pupils inspired by trip to Coleridge Cottage

Last week, pupils from 8S were treated to a fun-packed and informative trip to Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey. The 17th century cottage was once home to renowned Romanticist, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and it was here that he wrote some of his most famous works.

Before arriving at the cottage, the children stopped for a spot of reflection on the beautiful Quantock Hills. The breath-taking views were the perfect source of inspiration for their forthcoming creative writing workshop, and proved the perfect opportunity for photos. Many pupils also used this time to jot down their thoughts on the sublime landscape.

Shortly after arriving at Coleridge Cottage, 8S were given a guided tour of the building and learnt about its rich and fascinating history. They even saw the very location that his most famous poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, was penned. Following the tour, the students were then read the poem aloud, before splitting into groups for an exciting drama activity.

After a filling lunch, the pupils began writing some poetry of their own. Their task was to write freely, jotting down their ideas without thinking too much about punctuation and structure. Everyone produced fantastic poems – who knows, we may even have the next Coleridge among us! To get a feel for the period, pupils also used a quill and ink to produce their work (which is a lot harder than you’d think!).

The day concluded with a trip to the gift shop, before it was time to head back to school. Huge thanks to Mrs Keirle and Mrs Stuckes for organising such an insightful trip. The day’s activities were enjoyed by all and we look forward to returning again very soon.

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