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John Clifford Poetry Week

19th-22nd October 2015



Poetry week at JC is a whole school event. All year groups will be reading, writing and performing poetry in various forms. We will have lots of different writers and performers working with us throughout the week. 

Children are encouraged to bring and share any poetry they love!

For any further information pop in and see Miss Wain.

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As part of our poetry week a local children's author, Gareth Baker, is coming in for our assembly on Monday 19th October to talk about his books - in particular his latest release, Star Friend. He will return on Tuesday 20th October to work with our year 3 and 4 children. After school there will be an opportunity to meet Gareth and buy a signed copy of Star Friend. The book costs £5.99.

You can find more information about Gareth Baker at


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 We also have author Ian Douglas coming in to work with our year 2 children on Thursday 22nd October. Ian is the author of 'The Children's History of Nottinghamshire', a non-fiction book supporting the National Curriculum while focusing on local history. Illustrated with cartoons, photos and fun facts, the book takes children through Nottinghamshire's journey from cave dwelling communities to the 231st century. Learn about the Roman ghost town, discover how vikings invaded the County, read of King John's dark deed at Nottingham Castle, go down a mine with child labourers, relive the burning down of the Duke's residence. Among the colourful characters are Nottingham's founder Snot the Saxon and the world famous Robin Hood.


Ian will be available before school from 8.40am and at lunchtime on Thursday 22nd October to offer signed copies at the bargain price of £5! Dont miss out!

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Adi Bhavina is a teaching assistant here at John Clifford and she will be running a workshop for year 1 during poetry week. Miss Bhavina has been writing her own poetry since she was 13 years old and over the last few years has become a regular performer in Nottingham. 

You can see Miss Bhavina perform at Beeston's Oxjam Festival on Saturday 17th October 2015.



John Clifford Primary presents: Our Very British Street!


What if you could make your own street? What buildings would you choose? What decorations would you have: flowers or statues, or both? Imagine a street filled with the things you like to do and the places you love to visit: a library, a swimming pool, a zoo!

The Foundation Unit will work with local writer, Lisa Shipman, to create their very own ‘British Street’. Using art and words instead of bricks and mortar, watch as the street comes to life! 

Dave Wood, local writer and poet and just turned 50, will enable pupils in Year 5/6 to create a long line of celebratory bunting to colour up their word and language-play.  He is well known for his poem:

on being sold hoops 
instead of alphabetti spaghetti 
(a variation) 

ooo ooo 
ooo oo -  
ooooo oo 
o?  ooo 
(ooo) ooo o

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Esme in Maple Class has already independently written a poem ready for poetry week and shared it with the class! WOW Esme! Fantastic work, we love your poem!

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What a great independent poem Jools, well done!

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Fabulous Year One Group work from our Poetry Workshop Morning!

Super job everyone!

Isaac and Matilda in Maple Class both wrote our their favourite poem to show the class. Lovely work!

Isaac and Matilda in Maple Class both wrote our their favourite poem to show the class. Lovely work! 1
Isaac and Matilda in Maple Class both wrote our their favourite poem to show the class. Lovely work! 2
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