The Poetry Residencies allow Jonny to work in a sustained way with a group of pupils and their teachers, over the course of a half-term or full term. This enables us to invite children to wade deeper into the waters of poetry, giving us time to read poetry, analyse it, write our own and perform.
This longer-term deployment - usually involving weekly sessions - enables us to really practise what we preach, and work alongside teachers to show how the teaching of poetry can not only develop children's abilities as writers; it can provide space for reflection, for the development of self-understanding and for us to work with children and their teachers to look at the relational dynamics at play in our class.
Poetry can be pure jollity and it can also be the joy of linguistic struggle.
I strive for both sides, and all that falls in between.
And we are unashamed about this being something that brings laughter and happiness.
School isn't preparation for life... it is life.
As such, we strive to make these residencies something that all children can enjoy.
We can dynamically shift our approach to meet the needs of the pupils we work with.
Poetry is for everyone.
Poetry residencies help children and their teachers to see this to be a truth, rather than a platitude.
"IT INSPIRED ME SO MUCH AND MADE ME LOVE POETRY AGAIN. IT LET ME FINALLY TAKE A DEEP BREATH, AND BREATHE. IT ALLOWED ME TO LOOK INTO A DEEPER MEANING IN LIFE AND EVERYTHING."
YEAR 6 CHILD GLADE PRIMARY
"I AM ONE WITH NATURE AND NATURE IS ONE WITH ME.
DURING THIS ADVENTUROUS TIME, I FELT ABSTRACT AND I LEARNED SOMETHING WHICH AMAZES ME IN SO MANY WAYS. I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO DO THIS AGAIN."
YEAR 6 CHILD FROM GLADE PRIMARY