National Poetry Day... and JAB South

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It’s National Poetry Day and at school, we celebrated in style! Year 6 each performed a poem which they had learnt by heart for the rest of their class- we only had two children who read the same poem so we were able to enjoy 29 poems during the morning.

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It was wonderful to see the confidence that children had in sharing their choice and the delight they had in hearing from others.

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We also had two assemblies- one for KS1 and one for KS2- at which teachers shared their favourite poems. The children loved this and we had poems from Michael Rosen, A A Milne, Rudyard Kipling and Joseph Coelho to name a few. Our lovely head teacher, deputy head, class teachers and support staff all read or performed poems and the atmosphere was lovely! We finished with me teaching the whole hall the opening of Wes Magee’s ‘Boneyard Rap’ before KS1 had their assembly of poetry!

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I also enjoyed sharing poems with my class from each of our shortlisted poetry books. It’s been just lovely!

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And then, after school, JAB South met to discuss all things book-ish and to eat plenty of Mars Bar Crispie Cake. It was such a lovely meeting. We started by talking about ‘Candy’ by Lavie Tidhar. This was much enjoyed by the group and will be reviewed soon, using comments from the group and their children and classes.

We were delighted to welcome new members tonight and discuss the shortlist and the awards…which are rapidly approaching! So exciting!

Happy National Poetry Day, everyone!