Primary Poetry Programme
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Naomi has developed and continues to deliver an ongoing Primary Poetry program for Key Stage 2 pupils in Southwark. She has developed weekly in-class poetry sessions to work alongside the school's language and literacy curriculum.
Naomi was invited by the headteacher of John Donne Primary School to create a poetry programme for Key Stage 2 pupils. Her aims were to support all pupils reading and understanding of both classic and contemporary poems, whilst learning together as a whole class. The work would then culminate in a poetry assembly, enabling all participants to recite and perform their class poems.
The programme gained popularity within the school, as Naomi would encourage pupils to speak clearly and convey ideas, develop and build their vocabulary, whilst gaining confidence with reading and sharing out loud. After the first year, these skills were evident across the curriculum and recognising this, the leadership team and governors asked Naomi to continue with her programme.
Her Primary Poetry programme is now present in three schools and themes explored have included, festivals and celebrations, forgiveness and compassion, the roles of women and social movement. Her work has led to John Donne Primary School winning the National CLiPPA Poetry Award and continuing success in LAMDA’s accreditation exams with learner's passing with merits or distinctions.
"[Naomi's poetry programme] has been inspirational throughout the school. Poetry is now held in high regard, pupils have a repertoire of poems they know by heart and the increased confidence in speaking and using complex language is very evident in pupils' own use of language. Seeing boys from Year 6 having the courage to stand in front of their peers individually and recite a poem which moves us all is a powerful event. Naomi has taken the idea and run with it so that it exceeds our expectations and enriches the whole school."
Evelyn Holdsworth - Headteacher, John Donne Primary School