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The Manor Poetry Festival

4th March 2020

Poetry Festival

The Manor Poetry Festival, which takes place every two years, is a wonderful opportunity for all pupils to engage with poetry. Every child in the school learns a poem by heart, starting with a celebration of nursery rhymes for the youngest pupils. In Years 1 to 6 we were treated to a fantastic range of poems, from Michael Rosen’s tales of being the youngest in the family, various comic animals including James Carter’s Woolly Mammoth and a centipede who needs new shoes (50 pairs!), to old favourites like Christina Rossetti’s Remember and TS Eliot’s Macavity the Mystery Cat, finishing with a performance of Marriott Edgar’s comic tale of Albert and the Lion.

The best performers recite their poems again in front of their peers and invited guests. Year 1 and 2 welcomed back  former Manor teacher, Sue Lucas, as their special guest, while Year 3 to 6 welcomed the poet Andrew Jamison (who also teaches English at Abingdon School). Andrew entertained us afterwards with a couple of his own poems and his guide to a Poet’s Toolkit. His three key tools? Reading other books for inspiration; time, time and more time to think and write; and a willingness to try again and again to make it just right…

All the pupils performed brilliantly and can be very proud of their achievements!

Mrs Fiona Lewis
Head of English

Where Next

School Closed

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