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Mr Grosse's blog - Poetry at Gateway School

Thursday 21st March was World Poetry Day so I took the opportunity to look around the school to have a look at some of the excellent poetry that the children had written and performed this term. There was evidence of poetry everywhere - from Reception’s acrostic poem performed in assembly, Year 2’s horseshoe poems and Year 4s volcano poems linked to their Natural Disasters topic, to Year 6 writing poetry based on their studies of the novel War Horse.  

Poetry has always been an important part of the curriculum at Gateway.  In the Autumn Term, all of the children from Preschool to Year 6 learn a poem by heart and present them to a member of the School Leadership Team.  It’s one of my favourite times of the year and I am always astounded by the confidence, clarity and expression within the performances. Those of you who were lucky enough to visit the Take One Picture exhibition last week would have seen a large number of poems written by the children, all of which displayed the children’s creativity.  

In Year 4 and 6, Gateway children take the English Speaking Board exams, part of which include reciting a poem to an external examiner.  These exams enable the children to show their individuality, reflected in their choice of poem. Last week in the weekly My Best assembly, Mrs O’Hare’s Verse Speaking Club performed two poems to the whole school - the audience was silent, caught up in the story.  Preschool get involved too, looking at poetry linked to our Bee theme for World Book Day.

The following poem was written by Isla in Year 6 in just 20 minutes. I’m sure you’ll agree that the children at Gateway are a very talented bunch!

Joey and the Tank - inspired by War Horse

Over the hill it comes,

The monster that lumbers so,

The great grey beast,

That climbs to reach its prey.

The target there,

Small horse beware,

It has one place to go,

The master of fear and foe.

Over the hill it be,

The rolling rumbling beast,

Has come to find its feast

Destroying all that be in its path.

Far away he runs,

The enemy of the fear,

He gallops away,

With a frantic neigh,

“The beast won’t feast on me!”

Into the trees the small horse flees,

The target runs away.

The strength was sapped,

And so he napped,

In a forest far away.

I hope that you all have a great weekend and, if you can, find time to appreciate some poetry!

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