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This term pupils at Heronswood Primary School have been going poetry mad!  Before half term, children across the whole school were invited to join in with a poetry competition.

 

The idea was for children from Reception to Year Six, to either write their own poem or learn a known poem that they could recite off by heart.  Across the school, children were enthused with a plethora of poetry during Writing and Guided Reading sessions. Over half term, children were excitedly writing their own poems and learning well-known verses. 

 

When the children arrived back after half term, the entire school buzzed as individual class auditions were held to determine who would be put through to the final selection stage.   Mrs Pierpoint (Head of school) then held auditions and selected the finalists.   The range of talent displayed, from composing poems and learning poems off by heart, was utterly amazing!

 

The finalists were invited to attend the Grand Final which took place after school. The school hall was packed to the seams with expectant family, friends, parents and carers. They were not disappointed as they were all treated to an evening of fun and entertainment as children as young as five years old recited their poems. Lydia, from Year Six even bought in her pet hamster to enhance her performance.  

 

Year Six pupils: William, Tilly and Luca were fantastic comperes for the evening – introducing and congratulating each act.

 

After a very tough field of competition, Elsie-May Southwick from Year Four was awarded first place with her brilliant rendition of Werewolf Hairdresser. It was thoroughly entertaining, hearing about all of her fantastic hairdresser insider information. Did you know Peter Pan wears a wig? 

 

Mrs Kingston, English Lead at Heronswood said, “This competition has given all our children a great opportunity to explore poetry for a real purpose. Learning poetry is a skill that stays with you for life and develops many of the learning characteristics explored in school.”

 

Parent, Sarah Guppy said, “The whole evening was lovely.  All the children were amazing and whether they win or not, they should be immensely proud of themselves.”