‘Imagine’. Because when things feel stuck; when the old ways of doing things are no longer working, that’s what we need to do. In the era of Covid-19, the call to imagine feels more important than ever.
‘To imagine’ means to picture something you can’t currently see. To step beyond the current moment, and perceive something different. Rather than being a flight away from reality, imagination is sometimes the best response to it – the only way to get us somewhere new. Maybe you’ll imagine a future where we’ve found new ways to care for our planet, transcend borders or protect human life. Or perhaps you’ll imagine what it’s like to have to leave your family behind, or what your hometown might look like to someone walking its streets for the first time.
- Look at some examples of poetry about refugees. One example can be found here: https://brianbilston.com/2016/03/23/refugees/ Make sure you read it from bottom to top, too! https://refugeeweek.org.uk/simple-acts/imagine/ is another short example. You can also hear from the poet and child refugee Lemn Sissay discussing his own experiences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK621pmT1oE
- Comprehension questions about Refugee Week: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-e-2249-ks2-refugee-week-differentiated-reading-comprehension-activity
- Decide on the style of poem you would like to write. Guides to different forms of poetry can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4mmn39
- Mind-map your ideas. Remember to use the five senses when being descriptive (e.g. what could be seen, heard, felt).
- Draft, edit and write your poem. Send them to the school email – or even better, bring them with you next week when we will hopefully see you in person!
- You could create artwork to go alongside your poetry. There are some examples on the Refugee Week website.