World Cup inspires Hawarden student poets


Robert Doman

WITH England’s early exit, goals raining in and Luis Suarez’s alleged toothy indiscretions, everyone is talking about the World Cup.

Football fever has certainly gripped pupils at one school as they created their own brand of footballing poetry.

Pupils in years seven and eight at Hawarden High School wrote short non-rhyming poems to celebrate the tournament as well as the host country, Brazil.

They were tasked with writing poetry in a distinct
4-4-2 formation – mirroring the familiar football formation – as well as stories about fictional World Cup experiences.

The short verses were collected, culminating in colourful displays throughout the school.

English teacher Anna Coleman, of the school’s communications faculty, said the project has made the 11,12 and 13-year-olds as excited about poetry as they have been about the competition itself.

“Not only have pupils learnt more about the World Cup and Brazil, but they have learnt a lot about poetry and really enjoyed doing it,” she said. “They have been able to relate to the tournament and they have also discussed the politics, climate, geography and the carnivals and stadia of Brazil so it became
cross-curricular. It was a bit of fun but was appropriate while the World Cup is on and it has definitely helped them develop more of an interest in poetry.”

Each poem written by the pupils consist of three lines, the first two have four words in each with just two words in the final line, hence its 4-4-2 formation.

Head of English, Robert Jones, said: “I was amazed by the quality, content and creativity of the work our students have generated.”

Pupils have written chapters of stories to create their own World Cup novel as well as the poetry they have engaged in.

Year eight pupil Olivia Bartley said: “I enjoyed doing this because it’s a fun and exciting way to do poetry.”

Fellow year eight pupil Lauryn Beagan said: “I enjoyed this task a lot because it was different to our normal activities. I liked incorporating football into our lessons because it was really interesting and fun.”

Fellow year eight pupil Ben Barron said he had looked into parts of Brazil not usually on the tourist track, like sweltering Manaus where England played their opening match against Italy.

“I enjoyed doing this because I am interested in the World Cup,” he said.
“I enjoyed researching about places like Manaus and writing about what I had learnt.”

Rhian Morris, who teaches in the English department at Hawarden High School, said: “The pupils have learnt about many aspects of the World Cup and the background of Brazil. It has been an exciting project for them to take to.”

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