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Poetry in primary? Don’t be averse to it

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There was silence in the classroom, save the odd snort of laughter as they changed for PE. Harrison had decided we needed a poem instead of the countdown timer and it had become a fixed routine. We were watching Benjamin Zephaniah perform Talking Turkeys (which drew nearly as much laughter as Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake but provided less time for wriggling out of tights and lacing trainers).

Poetry in schools is back in fashion. You see it in those uber-strict secondaries where children stand in line and beat their breasts while reciting If or Invictus (why is it never On the Ning Nang Nong ...

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