Friday, 22 June 2018

Y4 Poetry Festival - The Brook

The finale of our Poetry Festival saw four Y4 pupils perform the Tennyson poem The Brook.

Did you know?
“The Brook,” was written by the English poet Alfred Tennyson (1812-1889)

The poem is typical of the interest many nineteenth-century English poets showed in writing poems about the attractive aspects of nature. In the 1800s, England was losing much of its natural beauty, thanks to the growth of huge cities and heavy industry during the so-called Industrial Revolution. 

It is not surprising, then, that many Romantic poets (such as William Wordsworth) and many Victorian authors (such as Tennyson) celebrated, somewhat nostalgically, the lovely landscapes that were so often threatened by the rise of the new mechanized, industrial culture.

It is amazing to think that after all this time - nearly 200 years - we are having the same discussions today.

I know that we have to be worried about global warming and how it is melting the ice

The air can taste horrible sometimes. There are so  many cars and fumes. We've got a poster outside to encourage parents to turn their engines off if they are waiting for their kids

The children also loved the poem as there is a brook that runs right past the school hall. To think that it might both start and end in the same way as the brook in the poem really captured the children's interest!

Why not have a go at learning this poem yourself?

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silvery waterbreak
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Thursday, 21 June 2018



Learning Challenge Award

Sophia in Barbados has been working hard at home and extending her knowledge through her learning challenge work.

Certificate of Presentation

Well done to Sarah in Mexico, who has presented her work beautifully; She has shown pride in her work and taken care with her handwriting and number formation.

Fact Hunter Award

In recognition of their insatiable appetite for knowledge and ability to sniff out amazing facts the following children have been awarded certificates; Amelia in Wales and Scarlett in Scotland

E for Excellence Winners

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Barbados -Arwyn
Wales -Aliyah
Jamaica -Charleigh-May
Scotland -Reinaldas
St Lucia -Lola S
Germany -Summer
New Zealand -Daisy
Greece -Amari
Australia -Michael
Italy -The whole Italy Class
Palau -Kajus
U.S.A -Ruby
Madagascar -Afnan
Canada -Harvey
Egypt -Fawaz
Mexico -Kayla
Kenya -Lukas
Chile -Joshua
N. Ireland -Asia
Brazil -Caitlin
Argentina -Kevin

WOW Award

I have made my teacher happy
Sebastian in Jamaica-For his concentration and attention to detail when independently making a split-pin giraffe
David in Barbados -For recognising how many pennies would be in £5.
Maxim in St. Lucia -For settling in to St Lucia class so well
Charlie in New Zealand -For moving up a book band
Feroz in New Zealand -For fantastic effort in RWI sessions
Dovydas, Kajus, Dianna, Nicole, Hurairah and Riddhi in New Zealand -For fantastic maths work with money
Jake in New Zealand -For improved listening skills
Olivia, Olivia-Rose, Gurrehmat, Daniel, Louie and Lilly in Palau -For moving up a book band
Ema, Michael, Katie, Alex, Alexander, Lily and Ali in Australia -For fantastic maths work with money
Jannat in Wales -For an informative poster on the Sikh religion
Alex in Wales -For mastering times tables 1-12
Archie in Scotland -For his participation in the rounders game
Tobey in Germany-For showing excellent behaviour and being a role model on our trip to London
Ryan in Canada -For moving up a book band
Ellie in Canada -For her all-round abilities at Mersea