Writing Sweetie-Themed Poems at Comely Park Primary

On Friday 5 May we were very excited to have a special visit from poet Julie Douglas who writes for Amazing! magazine. She led us in a workshop exploring kings, queens, space and… sweets! This might seem like a funny combination, but anything can happen in poetry. We ventured through our imagination to a land of cosmic candy full of astounding alliteration.

It was lots of fun and we hope that other schools can get an opportunity like this – we really recommend it!

Julie shared some of her poetry to inspire us and we were introduced to Queen Gumdrop Marshmallow of Candyland, a crazily convincing performance by our teacher Miss Lucas, who acted with exceptional enthusiasm. As her loyal subjects we were ordered to create cosmic candies for Her Majesty’s confectionary collection. All of our space sweets had to have alliterative names. In order to make our spectacular sweets we had to use pens, stickers and our imagination.

Our alliterative efforts included: Solar sweeties, Peppermint planets, Rhubarb rockets, Sirius sookers, Martian mallows, Lunar lollies, Galactic gums, Jupiter jelly beans, Satellite sours, and Constellation creams!

One of the pupils' alliterative space-themed sweets

 

Once we were happy with the new additions to the royal collection, we put them together to make a class poem called Cosmic Candy.

 

A group of Comely Park Primary pupils at work

We also worked in groups to create an eight-line poem called If I Were King Of The Stars, which we individually illustrated for our parents and carers who attended our supersonic Space Showcase that afternoon. Time passed so quickly and soon it was time for Julie to go – but we all wished she could have stayed longer! It was lots of fun and we hope that other schools can get an opportunity like this – we really recommend it!

If I Was King Of The Stars

by P6L

If I was king of the stars

I would create a new constellation.

If I was king of the stars

I would wish upon a meteor.

If I was king of the stars

I would rip up the universe and start again.

If I was king of the stars

I would gather an asteroid army and take over another galaxy!

 

If you want to bring in a writer to visit your class or book group, our Live Literature programme can help with funding. The programme is currently open for applications until Wednesday 27 September 2017 - find out more here.