Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The White Moon

Here are some poems from one of the sessions I ran at Elmfield Primary a couple of weeks ago. I did several sessons including, reception/yr1/yr2, year 3/4s and Yr5/6 - every child in the school!

Diifferent workshops for each group.

The Reception class made this during the day I was there after the workshop with me -haiku and origami jumping frogs:


Haiku Poems by children in Year 5/6 at Elmfield Primary School, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

This class had a story-telling session from Little Onion all about the Master Poet Basho and were also introduced by Little Onion to Ukiyo-e - Japanese woodblock prints before going on to write their own haiku in response to prints. The children learnt about the 5/7/5 syllable structure that haiku in Japanese follow and then went beyond this to study the western haiku form that very rarely follows such a pattern. It would be interesting to see what pictures other children or adults might make in response to these very imagistic poems.

at dawn
people are setting off
to another place

Sean O`Hare

a lady is reading
a letter from her boy friend
long twisted branches

Wenzday Chappell

heavy wind
people are struggling
to get home

Eden Newby

bare trees
walking from the shops
all the way home again

Adam Sheehan

three ladies
with no shoes
the blue night


distant mountains
as we row through the water
fish jump to meet us

Lauryn Bennett.

on the cliff
over the waters
distant trees

Jordan Hymers

water splashing
wave forming
in the river

Jake Ward

in the jungle,
animals are fighting,
cats killing

Bethany Jade Carlyle

everyone in the house
is looking around
I carry rich people.

Tiffany Young

fishers in canoes
a train passes by
puffing out smoke

Craig Burke

the white moon
in the blue sky
long trees

Courtney Cant Plaskett

candle light
I imagine skeletons
in the rain

Channon Nixon

the parade
fills me with joy
beautiful kimonos

Cameron Woodcock

the feel of fear
a man has just killed someone
with a sword

Callum Francis

people are walking
through the bitter snow
birds fly

Callum Robb

a train driving past
a big mountain
it is day time

Chloe Danielle Smith-Race



polona said...

you're doing a fine job, LO.

Borut said...

A haiku primer. These are all great. Congratulations to the teacher, the teaching and the pupils - those who have been taught and have learned so well. Wonderful. Keep on. Another series like this might convince me to finally abandon 5/7/5.:)

Little Onion said...

Thank you so much Polona and Borut.

I will send your comments on to the children.