I'm very keen on getting
students to explore geography through creative activities. Here is a
small selection of recent work illustrating the potential of poetry
for developing empathy with geographical topics.
Year 7 were asked to write a poem entitled the American Dream following
a lesson on the issues of migration between Mexico and the USA
Downing Year 7
Just as good as it seems
Filled to the top
With the stuff of your dreams
Lots and lots of
Sweets and candy
To keep you dandy
But now what's this the
Pollution is coming
Pack your bags
You better start running
The Dreams' turned into a nightmare
nothing for the poor the weak or the Black
It's all for the rich and their cousins
Now what good's a dream like that?
THE AMERICAN DREAM
by Jamie Myers year 7
Those are the places to be.
Those are the places to see.
I'm definitely going to that.
Watch him swing that bat.
That's the food to eat.
In the summer heat.
Statue of liberty.
That's the life for me.
After a lesson
on the Indian monsoon, Joanna Lipniaka 9.7 read the following
advert on the internet and wrote a poem:
APPLICATION OF TEMPORARY MONSOON SHEDS
"We erect temporary monsoon sheds on hire basis.
To have extra covered space in your premises
you can order for temporary sheds.
Our sheds are built with Bamboo's, Ballies, Coirstring and tarpaulins
of different qualities.
We have the experience in building sheds from 2,500 sq.ft to 300,000
We can also erect sheds in any part of India as per your requirements."
"Be secured under our sheds"
on the internet)
Highly Esteemed Monsoon
Please come soon.
While my clients have things to cover.
Come from the Ocean with the Rain.
Wet the land just enough to make the crops grow.
Soak the land and make the rivers flow.
Rain long Monsoon,
So that my clients must cover their goods.
But not too long - don't flood the land.
Don't wash away the crops.
So that my clients have goods to cover next year.
Blow hard Monsoon.
So that my clients need my sheds.
But not too hard - don't blow my sheds down.
Be quick Monsoon.
Don't stop to play with El Nino - he's bad.
Don't stop to play with Acid Rain - he's worse.
Stay with us Monsoon,
All Summer long. Spend your rain on us
Then come back for the Winter to dry us.
Link to monsoon
words and pictures
Year 9 spent
a term learning about tectonic activity. Neela wrote this after watching
a clip from The Living Planet.
Dolezal Year 9
The year was
the place a tiny
not the type
with golden sands
Evidence of recent
been seen or found
a slight piece of action
a spark or a sound.
as the mountain
showed us its power.
The sky turned
in the wind.
A tidal wave
100 feet high.
past the villages,
through the towns,
it the people,
went with it,
A new life began.
'Anak of Krakatoa'.