National Poetry Day 2018
National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry which takes place every October and this year was no exception. At Silverhill we celebrated poetry across the school, culminating in an assembly where we were all able to share a range of poetry – suitable for all ages.
In addition to studying poetry in class, the teachers also shared some of their favourite poetry in our assembly and it was particularly moving to hear the reasons why particular poems had been chosen and for the children to realise how poetry can stir the emotions and senses. Our poetry ranged from ‘Sonnet 130’ by William Shakespeare,’ Focus on the Good’ by Edgar Guest, ‘Invictus’ by W.E. Henley, ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver to ‘Please Mrs Butler’ by Allan Ahlberg and ‘Victoria Nicola Liked to Eat’ by Trevor Millum! Further up the school, the children have been writing their own poetry and it is astounding not just how imaginative the children are, but how mature and reflective the children can be when translating emotions into words. Year 6 in particular have been studying war poetry this term and the creative process arising from this has been moving and very heart-warming to witness.