On 8th November we were very lucky to welcome the poet Roger Stevens to The Granville. Roger had a very busy day performing a selection of his poems, talking about his writing and answering questions from lots of the girls, signing copies of his books and leading four creative writing workshops.
In their workshop, the girls in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 learned some poems by heart, one of which they are hoping to perform to the senior girls in an upcoming assembly. Some of the girls were chosen to perform some poetry with Roger as well. In the senior performance some of the girls were chosen to act as chickens whilst Roger read one of his poems about a chicken school! Roger also answered lots of serious and sensible questions about his life as a poet!
During the day, Roger set the senior girls a challenge linked to one of his poetry books entitled ‘What Rhymes with Sneeze?’ The class who came up with the longest list of rhyming words (without any help from rhyming dictionaries or Google) by the end of the day would win a copy of the book for their classroom. I am pleased to announce that the winning class was…6B! A signed copy of the book is winging its way to them as we speak.
In their workshop sessions, Classes 3 to 6 each focused on a different type of poem and the girls came up with lots of very creative ideas. They did lots of planning and preliminary work in their rough books that they have taken away to continue working on if they would like to. At the end of the day, Roger was very complimentary about the girls, praising their behaviour, enthusiasm and creativity.
Overall, a very enjoyable, creative and inspiring day was had by both pupils and teachers and I’m sure that many of the girls will be producing some fabulous creative writing inspired by Roger’s visit, over the coming weeks. Watch this space…