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UK Schools celebrate National Poetry Day

Posted on: 13 Oct 2015

Pupils at Weston Green School in Thames Ditton, Surrey and Wandsworth Preparatory School, in London recently celebrated National Poetry Day.

All children aged 5-11 at Weston Green School, from the school's Year 1 class up to Year 6, took part in their own poetry competition. Pupils were asked to learn and recite a poem of their choice, with three finalists selected from each year group. The final round of the Poetry Competition took place on 1 October and was adjudicated by Annie Thackray, Headteacher at St Christopher's School, Epsom. Weston Green’s finalists competed for the Key Stage 1 Poetry Cup and the Key Stage 2 Poetry Cup and each child was also awarded a score out of 20 for their recital, contributing to a House Poetry Competition Trophy.

Competition Adjudicator, Annie Thackray, said: “Poetry inspires thought and supports early success with literacy. It is no surprise to me that a school such as Weston Green, steeped in a creative and academic curriculum, is proudly running a poetry competition for their young pupils. I am honoured to have been asked to be a part of this wonderful initiative.”

Meanwhile, at Wandsworth Preparatory School, with this year's National Poetry Day theme being 'Light', parents were invited for poetry recitals and coffee at the Wandsworth Prep 'Pop-up Light Café'.

Sitting in a magical space, lit only by fairy lights, the children took turns to recite poems about 'light' while their parents watched and listened. Hanging on the walls around them, and completing the Light Café's atmosphere, was an exhibition of 'Light and Shadow' photographs taken by the children themselves during their Forest School lessons.

Morning poetry and coffee was enjoyed by children in the Reception class and their families. The mid-morning coffee break saw parents enjoying recitals from children in Years 1 and 2. The day culminated in a late afternoon coffee and poetry performance by Year 3 and 4. 

Headteacher, Bridget Saul, said: “Our ‘recite to light’ experience really brightened everyone’s day and the children and parents all had a wonderful time. Events such as this provide a fantastic extension to our innovative curriculum. Well done to all our children for their inspiring recitals.”

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