Even Swindon Book Week Poetry Slam 2019 – a celebration of performance poetry

Poetry has been at the heart of our Book Week this year.  The whole school have been exploring poems and considering what makes a good performance.

Each class chose a representative to perform in the semi-final heat.  Performing for an audience takes a lot of courage.  The children had to be bold whilst also displaying the qualities of good performance poetry.  In this round the children performed to six other classes, giving them the chance to see the poetry work that had been developed throughout the school.

Mr Hicks was joined by Y6 children Oliver and Mia to judge the round in Churchward Hall.  They chose performances from Truro (Reception class) and Chippenham (Year 5) to go through to the final.

Y6 children Dylan and Lillie teamed with Miss Shaw in Hawskworth Hall.  The winners were Bodmin (Year 1) and Plymouth (Year 2).

Meanwhile, in Brunel Hall Miss Sly, Adeola and Will judged Teignmouth (Year 3) and Swindon (Year 5) as their semi-final winners.

Afterwards, the judges commented on how fantastic the poetry performances were, how fun it was…and what a tough job it had been.

The next day the finalists performed to the whole school.  Eden (Head Girl), Reuben (Head Boy), Mrs Lowe and school governor Mr Wilcox were now given the tough task of deciding the overall winner.  Plymouth class were awarded the Poetry Slam cup for their performance of a poem they had written, ‘What does Traction Man Do?’

In the spirit of a poetry slam, the whole school appreciated how they had got together to enjoy poetry.