Ross Sutherland Launches the Schools Network Education Package in Five Lambeth Primary Schools

This summer poet Ross Sutherland brought poetry to life in 5 primary schools in Lambeth. His residency, made possible by The Clapham and Lark Hall Primary School Collaborative, in Clapham Manor, Lark Hall, Allen Edwards, Macaulay and Heathbrook primary schools marked the launch of the Schools Network Education Package, as the schools pooled resources for an exciting ten-week residency. The work culminated in a large scale showcase event on the 16th June 2010 at Heathbrook Primary School where hundreds of pupils came to perform and share their work. Pupils from Year 3 up to Gifted and Talented groups all took part.

The residency was part of a series of activties which won the five schools a 2010 Institute of Education Award for excellence in raising the attainment and aspirations of young people.

Ross Sutherland, named as one of The Times's 'Top Ten Literary Stars' was excited to launch the campaign:

"Usually when poets work with schools, the time is all-too brief. You want to work with as many pupils as possible, but the clock is always against you. I love writing Haikus as much as the next poet, but with extra time, the children will have the opportunity to write something epic. Then again, give us even more time, maybe we'd end up cutting that epic poem down to a haiku again, but wow, what a haiku!"

By working closely with both pupils and teachers, the residency was designed to leave a legacy for future poetry teaching in the terms and years to come:

"All the schools will be responding to one another's ideas, creating a dialogue and working together towards our final project. There is just as much onus placed on working with the teachers as the pupils, in  order to create a legacy for their project and see the kinds of exercises I have developed being passed onto future generations of young writers"

Feedback:

"I liked playing word association games, it was really fun"  Connie, Yr 3

"What was the best part of the workshops? Everything!" Delina, Yr 3

"I found working with a poem really fun because we thought of things to pretend to be and make a poem about" Charlie, Yr 3

"I enjoyed it because we were using words that are interesting and funny" Adam, Yr 4

"I would like to do this again and wouldn't change anything!" Marlo, Yr 4

"It helped me with my writing" Serena, Yr 4

"He teaches us to be confident and not shy on stage" Dhur, Yr 4

"The children were very engaged" Y4 Class Teacher.

PHOTO GALLERY

Pupils confer over their work...

 

Performing their work at the showcase...

Ross inspiring the crowd...

This flagship residency is the first of a series of innovative projects across the UK. For more information on how to get your school involved simply email [email protected] or call 020 7420 9892.



 

"All the schools will be responding to one another's ideas, creating a dialogue and working together towards our final project. There is just as much onus placed on working with the teachers as the pupils, in  order to create a legacy for their project and see the kinds of exercises I have developed being passed onto future generations of young writers"

Poet Ross Sutherland, Workshop Leader