“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful” Rita Dove
Learning the art of communication is a key part of a child’s education. It’s a foundation from which they can investigate, question, explore, and express themselves. Communication comes in many forms: verbal, non-verbal, written, visual, and listening. Perhaps the most artistic and expressive type communication vehicle is poetry.
Today is 1st October, which means today is National Poetry Day. On this day, schools, libraries, bookshops, businesses, and organisations across the United Kingdom are hosting events to bring people together and celebrate the beauty and power of poetry.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Vision’. An exercise in opening up new perspectives, poetry can help both its creators and readers see things that they couldn’t see in any other way. At Whitelands, Students have been invited to write a poem on the theme 'Vision' to enter into our first house competition of the year. We've already had some fantastic entries and look forward to reading them all and choosing a winner!
As our students continue to develop their communication and literacy skills, poetry is a great way to make sure they engage with each lesson. When they write poetry, our students combine their grasp of literacy and communication with their creative instincts. The results are often spectacular and allow shy students who wouldn’t normally share their feelings to safely express themselves.
Celebrating National Poetry Day is always exciting, and as we take the opportunity to introduce our children to some of the best works from the greatest poets, we help them to better express themselves and explore their creativity.