i spent today at Kingsoak Primary Learning Centre in Wombwell, Barnsley. It was actually the second of two days in this big, busy, lovely school. Over the two days I worked with all of KS1 and all of KS2 and read poems to everyone, including F1 and F2, in my opening assembly yesterday.. In the workshops we wrote loads of MONSTER poems, UFO poems, PIRATE poems and PLAYING TIG poems and had a very very very good time. Everyone at the school is SO friendly and worked so hard. The grown ups are great and helped me a lot when I was working with the children. The boys and girls did a lot of poetry AND a lot of laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the teacher who asked me along, Mrs.Smith, had worked very hard and organised a poetry competition, so each class in the school learnt a poem and performed it. There were two slams and I had to choose two winners which was, as you can imagine, impossible….IMPOSSIBLE!!
In the first slam i chose Y5 because they did a very lively version of a Spike Milligan poem about the Ning Nang Nong and during their performance, they had all sorts people jumping up and down in unexpected places making noises, which made it exciting to listen to and watch. They came just in front of a very very good Y2 performance. And Foundation stage won the second slam because they performed a long version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with lots of group voices and very confident solos and some triangles too!
But all the classes were great. Everyone performed their poems with a high energy and huge confidence and did some great bits of acting-out, often with props. A very impressive set of performances.
Above all, the children of this school now have learned some excellent poems (three were written by me so of course I thought they were excellent!) by heart AND all of them stood up in front of an audience and made their poems come to life.
And of course everyone today, all the grown ups and all the kids, were dressed as their favourite book characters.
Thank you for a fabulous two days!