School project is poetry in motion

Students Jacque Chartron, Laura Barrett, George Twyman, Harry Copsey and Elliot Harrison launch the poetry competition at Stour Valley Community School.
Students Jacque Chartron, Laura Barrett, George Twyman, Harry Copsey and Elliot Harrison launch the poetry competition at Stour Valley Community School.
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STUDENTS at the newly-opened Stour Valley Community School in Clare marked National Poetry Week by running a poetry competition – to see who can give the best recital of a famous English poem.

The competition was launched at a school assembly on Thursday, presented by Year 9 students, who recited the well-known poem Jerusalem by William Blake.

Teacher Emma Rowe said: “In the assembly, students explored the language, historical background and meaning of Blake’s famous poem.

“Blake was promoted by the English department to develop the students’ understanding of classic English literature.”

The poetry recital competition will be held today and prizes are being awarded for the students who give the best recital.

Mrs Rowe added: “A central part of the curriculum is the teaching of traditional texts, and in National Poetry Week we hope to develop in students a real love of the English language through focusing on classic English poetry.”