“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful” – Rita Dove.

Celebrating World Poetry Day, our fourth Poetry Festival brought together the Pre-Prep and Prep School to perform to parents and peers. World Poetry Day aims to revive oral traditions of poetry recital, to honour poets, and to promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry. The event has certainly helped to broaden the children’s knowledge about this art form and has inspired pupils to read more poetry.
Every pupil from Reception to Year 8 was involved in performing a poem with their Drama class. The theme this year was ‘Animals’ and it was wonderful to hear such a variety of poems and authors being recognised. We heard about T.S. Eliot’s cats, and a mixture of cows, anteaters, crocodiles and porcupines from Roald Dahl; monkeys and underwater creatures from Kenn Nesbitt, and many other creatures depicted by iconic poets.
The children performed brilliantly, with wonderful projection and diction, not to mention their acting skills and comic timing.
Well done to all the children for a thoroughly entertaining event and we look forward to the upcoming Verse Speaking Competition.

Reception: ‘The Little Turtle’ by Vachel Lindsay
Year 1 Cherry: ‘Monkey Dream’ by Kenn Nesbitt
Year 1 Apple: ‘Help!’ by Shel Silverstein
Year 2 Cedar: ‘Teach Me the Language of Cat’ by Rachel Rooney
Year 2 Sycamore: ‘Cats’ by Dorothy Golub
Year 2 Beech: ‘My Cat Knows Karate’ by Kenn Nesbitt
Year 3S: ‘My First Pet’ by Kevin Pearson
Year 3F: ‘Cats’ by Eleanor Farjeon
Year 3H: ‘Deep Sea Dance’ by Kenn Nesbitt
Year 4B: ‘Always Love Your Pet’ by Lesley Patterson
Year 4R: ‘The Swan’ by John Gould Fletcher
Year 4W: ‘At The Zoo’ by A. A. Milne
Year 5 Progress: ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’ by Edward Lear
Year 5 Development: ‘The Hippopotamus Song’ by Flanders and Swann
Year 5 Express: ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake
Year 6 Progress: ‘A Hedgehog’s Point of View’ by Michael Stirman
Year 6 Development: ‘The Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl
Year 6 Express: ‘The Cow’ by Roald Dahl
Year 7 Progress: ‘The Animal Thing!’ by Brian Bendall
Year 7 Development: ‘The Anteater’ by Roald Dahl
Year 7 Express: ‘The Porcupine’ by Roald Dahl
Year 8 Progress: ‘Animal Winter Olympics’ by Kenn Nesbitt
Year 8 Development: ‘The Spider and the Fly’ by Mary Howitt
Year 8 Express: ‘Macavity’ by T.S. Eliot