We celebrated National Poetry Day on Thursday 1st October. This year’s theme was Vision. We seized the opportunity to link the theme to their Eco Schools, UNICEF, Global Goals and Agents of Change Work.
After sharing a special ‘National Poetry Day’ Collective Worship, the children began by watching the Worlds Largest Lesson video based on the Sustainable Global Goals and were then encouraged to draw their vision, hopes and dreams for the future world into a pair of sunglasses. There was lots of discussion surrounding global warming, climate change, plastic in the oceans, racial and economic equality, ensuring all children have rights, ensuring all children have access to education and clean and safe drinking water. The children were given the opportunity to consider how they could be ‘Agents of Change’ and make a difference to the world in which they live. Linking to UNICEF and being a Rights Respecting School, the children also considered how they and their duty bearers could make a difference, this linked perfectly to the UNICEF Outright Campaign which the children will be taking part in throughout the next few months.
Following this session, the children were then set the task of writing their own poem about their vision for the future. Below is a poem written by Jacob (aged 10).
a future where we have animals both land and sea,
a future where we have millions of trees,
a future where all water is clear,
a future where no one has to shed a tear.
A future where everyone abides by the law,
a future where air pollution is no more,
a future where there are no cars,
a future where you can see the stars.
A future where we have fixed the ozone,
a future where we’re less reliant on mobile phones.
This is the future that we need,
but we need you, to make it succeed.
Miss Worrall (Eco Schools Coordinator and Class Teacher) states ‘National Poetry Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage our children to explore, discover and enjoy poetry. However, this year was extra special to us as an Academy Trust as it enabled the children to think about how they can make a difference to the world in which they live. We want the children to know they can make a difference. We are so proud of the poems and the work they produced.’