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Matt Goodfellow visit February 2019

We entered a competition last year with the Premier League Primary Stars and won... a visit from internationally published poet and primary school teacher Matt Goodfellow!  Matt's poems have been published in magazines and anthologies worldwide and he was recently on the long-list for the inaugural Manchester Writing for Children Prize. Since embarking on his poetry career, Matt’s high-energy performances and workshops have delighted, excited and enthused thousands of children in schools, libraries and bookshops across the UK. Matt still works part-time as a teacher in primary schools; his workshops are fun, creative and interactive – leaving children (and adults!) engaged, energised and eager to write and perform their own work.


Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 watched Matt perform some of his poems during an assembly - they even got to help him by joining in with some of the words and was VERY funny!


Pupil Voice:

"I liked doing all the funny voices - the best one was when he did the little girl's voice!" Francesca

"The poems were good, the chicken one at the end was the best." Leo 

"That was really fun! I loved it when we did it (the poem) really fast!" Zak

"Poems are good fun and amazing!" Hridaya

"I liked the poem when he said 'chicken in the roof' - I liked the actions!" Miles

After the poetry performance assembly, Matt then visited each Year 2 class to deliver a poetry writing workshop during which he worked with the children to teach them how to write their own poem. Miss Dilks said "Matt’s workshop was exciting, inspiring and filled with fun! He made poetry easy and accessible for all. The children and adults alike loved it!"


When we asked the Year 2 children what they thought of the workshop they said it was...

"Funny" - Leonie

"Amazing" - Stanley

"Out of this world" - Anya

The Kingfisher children thought that Matt was: "Hilarious, funny and crazy. He also had a good imagination as he was making up the stories in the poem."


Kingfishers were so inspired by Matt's poetry performance assembly that they made their own class poem about Watford linked to the learning they are doing as part of 'our local area' in Geography.