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Acclaimed poet helps Harold Hill pupils write their own rhymes

PUBLISHED: 17:24 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 22 February 2017

Poet, Jacob Sam La Rose with Mead Primary School pupils.

Poet, Jacob Sam La Rose with Mead Primary School pupils.

Learning Federation Havering

Pupils were treated to an afternoon of rhyming words when an acclaimed poet visited their school to lead an innovative workshop.

Jacob Sam-La Rose, who has delivered programmes at venues such as The National Theatre and The Barbican, worked with pupils at Mead Primary School, Amersham Road, Harold Hill.

Youngsters wrote, edited and performed their own poetry.

“I didn’t think that I could write poetry,” said Jessica Rose, 10.

“But Jacob helped me explore my thoughts by using questions and answers about what made me and before I knew I had written my own poem.”

Prior to their performance, pupils had fun practicing fun vocal warm up games.

Executive headteacher Malcolm Drakes added: “It is vital that our pupils are confident at presenting themselves when going for interviews in the future.

“We invest in them through opportunities to present their ideas and inspirational days and events with poets, authors and musicians.

“Their better understanding of poise, pronunciation and performance will help them in all aspects of education and life.”

Mr Drakes added the poet was a perfect choice for the special class as his poems have been chosen as a set text for the Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) English Language and Literature A Level.

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