Poetry with Matthew Hedley Stoppard

Last Thursday 8 lucky children from yr 3-4 went to the Court House in Otley  to write poetry with Matthew Hedley Stoppard the Otley town poet.  The theme of our poetry was the feelings of freedom. We initially thought about things which made us feel free like riding our bikes, dancing, playing football, swimming and playing on our computers.  We wrote creativity using adjectives, adverbs and descriptive phrases. Matthew then showed us how to write a Haiku.

"Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.  Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

We used our creative writing to develop and draft the lines of poetry by counting the syllables.  We shared our work as a small group then wrote them out nicely for display.  

At the end of the session we gathered together in a big circles with other Otley schools and we all read our poetry aloud.