On Wednesday 8th February, Coral Class invited pupils, staff, parents and visitors to the school to watch their Class Assembly all about The Highwayman. We had been studying this poem by Alfred Noyes in our Literacy Lessons and we wanted to share with everyone all the good work we had done in response to this.
We started by saying the first verse of the poem. Then we went on to tell the audience all about the figurative language that is used in the poem and included some of our own examples. Here are some of the ones we wrote in class:
• My brother is a curly-haired little monkey.
• The sun is a burning ball of fire.
• The Earth is a colourful spinning roundabout.
• Kieran is a crazy bull, ready for anything!
• Jade is a shining star in the sky.
• My brother is an evil monster!
Budding News Reporters then re-capped on the whole story as if it was a report on Crimewatch SPCS!!
We explained that Tim, the ostler, had informed the King’s Men about where the Highwayman was hiding and that he was wanted – ‘Dead or Alive’.
Finally, we tried to empathise with the character of Bess and thought about how she felt throughout the poem. In class we had written diary entries as if we were Bess, trying to use the most powerful language that we could.