Poetry success second year running

16th Oct

Congratulations to Ricky in Year 4 who was selected as one of the winners of the Suffolk Young Poets competition. This marks the second year of success for our school and we are very proud of all of the entrants to the competition. Ricky's poem was a powerful ode to the sea and the secrets it holds based on his work last year on 'The Green Ship' by Quentin Blake.

Some quotes from one of the judges of the competition:

"What impressed me about the children during poetry workshops was the energy and persistence they brought to the task of writing. They showed such pleasure in words and an eye for detail that is reflected in the poems they wrote. They were willing to embrace new ideas and then had the confidence to draw on their own ideas and experience to write poems which they and others wanted to listen to.

The poems that Leiston submitted for the competition were full of interest and surprise. They are the kind of poems that make you want to stop and read more slowly, and to read them again. These poems have strong individual voices, they are honest poems which are about things children know. Their pleasure in words and the rhythms of words and in the details of their own lives is there in their poems."


Jenifer Smith was a Tutor in Education, contributing to Professional Development, Teaching Practice Supervision and the English and drama Curriculum components of the Primary PGCE. She also had joint responsibility for coordinating the Continuing Professional Development programme for the School. She has worked as an English specialist adviser for Suffolk County Council and been actively involved in induction and in-service training for the teaching of English in schools. Her publications include a number of edited volumes of classic literature in the Cambridge Literature Series.

It is also nice to note that there is a second Avocet winner on the list from Aldeburgh Primary School. Well done to all those who took part.