What is he?

A people lover
A pink custard hater
A joke giver
A treat taker
A funny fella
A melodica player
A giggle gatherer
A fun maker
A word weaver
A crazy creature
An Oxon dweller
Of all the verse-makers
He’s the best!
He’s a poet,
Had you guessed?
Who is he? James Carter!

On Thursday and Friday, Buttons, Pre-Prep and Prep were treated to an interactive day led by the wonderful and published poet James Carter. The children were given an opportunity to perform and respond to poetry; embellish poems and add in their own ideas; to write kennings; and to have a giggle at the teachers’ penguin actions – during an inspiring assembly – which also featured James’ melodica, named Steve. What a wonderful experience for our children. A fantastic day was enjoyed by pupils and teachers alike.

In Year 3, the children made their own kenning poems which include two words per line with an ‘er’ sound on the final line. Here are there some of their wonderful poems!

What am I?
Meat-lover
Jungle-dweller
Life-taker
Mischief-maker
Fine-pouncer
Erie-assassinator
Deafening-dozer
Vile-fella
Of all the mammals I’m the best. I’m a shhh…
Have you guessed?

What am I?
Food-lover
Water-hater
Giggle-giver
Gift-taker
Meat-eater
Commotion-maker
Cuddly-creature
Land-dweller
Fluffy-fella
Heart-stealer
Of all the mammals I’m the best. I’m a shhh…
Have you guessed?

What am I?
Bone-lover
Lion-hater
Blood-creator
Meal-snatcher
Remains-gobbler
Trouble-creator
Cool-creature
African-dweller
Furious-fella
Smart-scavenger
Of all the mammals I’m the best. I’m a shhh…
Have you guessed?

In Year 4, the children also created some wonderful poetry writing modern day odes. Here is one of their collaborative creations.

These are the impossible gifts that I would, if I could, give to you…
A rock from Mars, as hot as the sun,
The lagoons of the lapis blue seas of the Isle of Paradise,
A spray of golden fairy dust,
The scale of a dazzling silver fish
A tear from a unicorn that tells a tale,
The gift of the waves,
A sapphire pearl that has a stunning swirl,
The last blink of a sunset,
A silent shadow to help you in difficult times,
The first living garden gnome
A puff of water from a sea-unicorn,
The last amethyst tear of a flaming red phoenix,
A song sung by Apollo himself,
Ten scales of the first ever dragon,
The last blast of a winter wind,
The golden radiance of the sun

Mrs Ayub and Mrs Kavanagh-Finch