We celebrated National Poetry Day on Thursday 3rd October. The children in each of our classes performed a poem in our special recital.
Our Year 6 class performed first with their version of Rudyard Kipling’s, ‘If.’ They all agreed that the advice given in this very well-known and much-loved poem was especially poignant to them, in their final year of primary before they take their first steps towards being young adults.
Our Year 5 performed a terrific version of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’ (a long-standing favourite of mine!) Their audience marvelled at the nonsense words littered throughout that particular poem, loving the idea that the monstrous Jabberwock was slain by the hero’s ‘vorpal sword’!
Our Year 4 children did very well indeed to learn Dr Seuss’ (long!) poem, ‘Oh, the places you’ll go.’ We enjoyed this poem’s meaningful message about the importance of seizing new opportunities, keeping an open-mind, and trying new things. All of the qualities we promote at Fellside.
Roger McGough’s ‘The Sound Collector’ was the year 3 poem of choice. The first verse immediately piqued our interest:
A stranger called this morning
Dressed all in black and grey
Put every sound into a bag
And carried them away…
By the end of the poem, only silence was left! We imagined what that would feel like at Fellside – very strange indeed!
Year 2 took inspiration from their ‘Knights and Castles’ theme in history this term. Their performance came with actions to keep us entertained!
Our Year 1 children not only performed their acrostic poem entitled ‘FELLSIDE’, but they also contributed to writing it with their teacher, Mrs Greenwood (a further post on this follows)
Though they have not been in school that long, our very confident Reception children performed to the entire school! Further, 5 of their number each became one of the ‘5 Little Leaves’, taking to the stage to demonstrate how they all fluttered down in the wind!
Finally, I shared the poem ‘Sick’ by Shel Silverstein. We all had a giggle at how the subject of the poem had tried to persuade their parents of increasingly outlandish and unlikely ailments that rendered them unable to go to school – before being told it was actually Saturday! The children were advised not to try the same pretence with their parents!
We all agreed that it was a successful recital and a very positive learning experience. Here’s to the next National Poetry Day!