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An Ode to National Poetry Day

3 October 2019
An Ode to National Poetry Day

“Poetry is a beautiful way of expressing feelings — happy, sad, angry, caring. It’s also a way that we share with other people, to help them with those feelings.” Mattie Stepanek

Learning the art of communication is an integral part of a child’s education. It is a foundation from which they can investigate, question, explore, and express themselves. Communication comes in many forms: verbal, non-verbal, written, visual, and listening. Perhaps the most artistic and expressive type of communication vehicle is poetry.

It’s the 3rd October, which means today is National Poetry Day. On this day, schools, libraries, bookshops, businesses, and organisations across the United Kingdom are hosting events to bring people together and celebrate the beauty and power of poetry.

This year, to celebrate National Poetry Day, drama specialist Emma Barr will be visiting us to host a whole-school workshop based on the poem "The Adventures of Isabel" by Ogden Nash. Each year group will then concentrate on a different verse from the poem before carrying out a combined performance tomorrow afternoon.

Jenny Crowe, Teacher, said: "It is really exciting to combine drama with poetry. The children become really involved with the poem and the performance."

Celebrating National Poetry Day is always exciting, and as we take the opportunity to introduce our children to the world of poetry and drama, we hope to help them better express themselves and explore their creativity.

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