National Poetry Day is always one of our most enjoyable -and busiest - times of the year. This year it falls on October 4th – and we have a whole range of enjoyable and engaging workshops for you, all tied into the 2018 theme of “Change”. Longer workshops will also see pupils gaining experience in presentation skills as we support them in exploring the most effective ways to deliver their poems vocally.

 

Soundscape Poetry - Changes of Contrast

Those pupils who claim they don’t like poetry will be writing furiously at the end of this magical workshop. Realising the power of “sound”, they’ll design and perform two contrasting soundscapes, working to topics/themes of your choice. We’ll then guide them through a structure supporting them in crafting richly descriptive poems that tell both individual and collective stories of change.

Suitable for: KS1 – KS4

Exploring (according to age): onomatopoeia, alliteration, descriptive writing, contrasts, rhythm, tone, pace.

Duration: Soundscape Poetry is suitable for up to 30 students at a time and requires a minimum of 60 minutes (although we always prefer longer!).

 

Personification Poetry – Changing Times

What if Big Ben could remember all that it had seen, heard and felt – how would it describe the changes it had experienced? What about the football used in the World Cup Final? And what about the clock on your classroom wall? This highly imaginative and interactive workshop allows students to harvest the fruits of both their own and their classmates’ imaginations as they explore notions of empathy to construct some uniquely moving poetry.

 Suitable for: EYFS – KS4

Exploring (according to age): empathy, personification, subtext, descriptive writing, contrasts, rhythm, tone, pace.

Duration: Suitable for up to 30 pupils at a time, Personification Poetry requires a minimum of 60 minutes (although we always prefer longer!).

 

The Poet-Tree – Poems that Grow and Change Before Your Eyes

Every tree starts as a seed – a seed that germinates and flourishes. And every poem starts with an idea – an idea that changes as it finds its form in words. In both cases, the journey to fruition is one of organic change. And while neither topiarist nor poet can know what the final outcome will be until it’s there in all its glory, they both shape and prune their creations carefully.

This enchanting workshop supports children and young people in appreciating how a poem evolves from the pen of its writer – and offers them scaffolds allowing ideas and words to take root and grow. We’ll provide them with stimuli to start the process off, enable them to think structurally as they begin to piece their poems together – and emphasise the role that “choice” plays in poetry as they select the words, phrases, similes, metaphors and personifications that best suit their needs. 

Suitable for: KS1 – KS3

Duration: 60minutes – half a day

Exploring (according to age): descriptive writing, connection-making, simile, metaphor, poetic structure.

 

Shakespearean Clerihews – Charting the Changes in Characters

Shakespeare’s greatest characters change as the plays they inhabit progress. So Macbeth moves from acting as his country’s brave and loyal servant to betraying it in a sea of blood. Juliet changes from a spoilt and truculent teenager to a tragic heroine – and Prospero undergoes a complete sea change from vengeful sorcerer to paragon of forgiveness. This experiential workshop uses drama techniques to introduce students to characters from a play of your choice, then introduces them to Clerihews – four line, descriptive, rhyming poems.

Suitable for: KS2 – KS4

Duration: 60minutes – half a day

Exploring (according to age): Shakespeare’s plays, characters and characterisation, poetic structure.

 

Cinquains of Change – Celebrating People Who Have Changed the World

This year’s National Poetry Day coincides with the start of Black History Month – and this thought provoking workshops offers you a great chance to combine the two!

The resilience of people like Tommie Smith at the Mexico Olympics (1968) and the Bristol Bus Strikers (1963) changed the world – and this inspiring workshop celebrates their deeds and legacies through poetry. After engaging pupils in a range of drama-based activities to explore the people and events in question, we’ll introduce them to poetic structures including clerihews and cinquains in which to commemorate their feats.

Suitable for: KS2 – KS4

Exploring (according to age): epic poetry, poetic structures, alliteration, contrasts, rhythm, tone, pace.

Duration: Standing up for Freedom is suitable for up to 30 students at a time and requires a minimum of 60 minutes (although we always prefer longer!).

 

Performance Poetry: Hand on the Bridge

A magical route to seeing how poems can be changed and transformed through choral speaking

Some of the best poems written have quite simple messages at their heart – while the power of those messages can be dramatically magnified when they are delivered chorally. This highly engaging workshop sees a group of disparate pupils magically transformed into a chorus, speaking and performing to Michael Rosen’s “Hand on the Bridge”. 

Suitable for: EYFS – KS1

Exploring: rhyme, rhythm, tone, pace, performance skills

Duration:Suitable for up to 30 pupils at a time, Performance Poetry requires a minimum of 30 minutes – but can also be combined with Collaborative Poetry for a one hour session.

 

Collaborative Poetry

Seeing at first hand how poems change at the hands of their poets

Poetry is all about making choices – about words, about rhymes, about metres. This exciting workshop allows a whole class of EYFS or KS1 pupils to make choices together as they create and perform a collaborative class poem on a theme of your (or their) choice.

Suitable for: EYFS – KS1

Exploring: rhyme, rhythm, tone, pace, performance skills

Duration: Suitable for up to 30 pupils at a time, Collaborative Poetry requires a minimum of 30 minutes – but can also be combined with Performance Poetry for a one hour session.

 

Get in touch

To find out more about our Poetry Workshops for Schools please contact us on 0151 708 8886 or email info@as-creatives.com. 

National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 4th October 2018 and the theme is Change. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Find out more about National Poetry Day here

Find out more about World Poetry Day here

 

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