This week my Monday was a joy, spent in the company of the wonderful children of Hargate Primary School, in sunny West Bromwich. It was sunny, it was a lovely day.
I first met Hargate Primary when they sent a group of 15 children to The Hurst in Shropshire, for a week on Arvon’s schools programme, at which I was one of the tutors. Since then I’ve become their Poet in Residence, visiting the school every term to celebrate poetry with all ages of children.
On Monday I worked with Years 4, 5 and 6, and we played first at telling what could be a truth, or could be a lie, and I had to guess which was which. In the process, I get reminded of the children’s names!
Then we all enjoyed Robert Seatter’s well-known poem, ‘I come from’, before writing our own versions. So many fantastic lines:
I come from wanting a hamster and a parrot
I come from a house full of havoc and phones
I come from Sandwell Hospital with fireworks outside
I come from a cup of tea
At lunchtime I took my cup of tea to the library, made poems with visiting children, and we read together. At the end of the day I gave a reading, and fielded lots of questions from bright-eyed children enriched by a great range of languages and cultures. Hargate is a very special place. There’s a lot of humanity about.