Sessions for Primary Schools

I think the poetry is good and short. You can understand. Not too many words.
P4 pupil, Midlothian

At the beginning, a member of the class said to me that they couldn’t write poetry – by the end of it, they were so enthuastic that they shared their poem with the class.
Teacher, P7 class, Edinburgh

I can run sessions on topics including
• Neighbourhood – writing about the local environment
• Short Forms – writing short poems, including haiku, one-word poems, mesostics, and circle poems
• World War Two: The Home Front – using poems about evacuees as models, we explore the wartime experiences of children in cities and in the countryside

This article from the TESS describes a session with a P7 class.

Recent projects include

Bealach, with 4 primary schools on Lewis and Harris, and An Lanntair; I worked with pupils to write poems about the island, which will be used in making sculptural works, 2017

Buson, with Victoria Primary School, Newhaven, Edinburgh; we looked at haiku by the Japanese poet Yosa Buson (1716–1783), and wrote haiku about the local harbour, 2017

Leith Creates, working with P7 pupils towards creating material for their leavers’ assembly, with Stephen Fischbacher / Suzanne Butler (music) and Lorna Irvine (drama), 2014, 2015 & 2016

MINE, with sculptor Susheila Jamieson and Lawfield Primary School, P7 class; public art commission in Mayfield, Midlothian, on the theme of coal-mining, for Melville Housing, 2012

Mortlach Storywalks, Dufftown, Moray, working with P2, P4 & P7 pupils to write stories as guides to walks in the area, published as leaflets; with digital artist Janie Nicoll and sculptor Mary Bourne, 2011

A Letter to the Wind, with visual artist Louise Fraser: working with P7 pupils to write texts for prayer flags, Edinburgh International Festival, 2011.

Great activities. Very usable in the primary classroom. Good ideas for collaboration and discussion as well as individual writing.
Teacher, CPD session, Aberdeenshire

Many of [the children] were really delighted with themselves that they were able to put into poetry what they knew about World War II. The teachers were very pleased at what the children, through your guidance, were able to produce.
Librarian, after session with P6 pupils


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