Woodhouse Primary School

Kate Ollerenshaw (Teacher) , Woodhouse Primary School in Brighouse
1. What was the reason for having Conrad come to work in your school?
To raise the profile of poetry/creative writing; to celebrate World Poetry Day; most importantly, for the children to have fun!
2. What effect and impact has Conrad had in school- with the children and staff (and did he meet the need that you’d identified)?
Conrad met our needs perfectly- all the above were achieved!
3. What (if anything) makes Conrad different to other visitors you’ve had in school?
Conrad has a fantastic manner with the children, from the littl’uns to the slighty less-litt’luns. The poetry writing workshops are very interactive both physically and creatively for the children.
4. Would you consider inviting Conrad back to work in school with you in the future?
Absolutely, staff and children really enjoyed the day.
5. Pupil /staff comments-
From a Year 1 teacher-
“What a great session- thank you so much for today. I feel re-energised about ways to engage the children with writing and performing their own poetry. We all had great fun!”
From the children-
“Thank you for helping us write our caveman poem Conrad- awesome!!!!” – yr 1
“Doug the slug!! Doug the slug!! Conrad is the poetmeister” – yr 6 pupil

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Written by my friend, Peter Robinson, for my birthday today. It's flipping brilliant! ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm at Castleford Library waiting to do a storytelling workshop. The three crowd members so far are rather familiar😀.

I ran some workshops here last summer. One of the boys who came was called Peter. He attended as part of his Children's University course where he had to do 1000 hours. At the end he'd to pick his favourite moment.

He picked my workshop. How special do I feel?!
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Facebook keeps reminding me of our 40th last year. In light of that, plus the fact that I have a poetry book to write by the end of the month, here's a poem about mi twin bruv, Phil.

My identical twin

I'm his twin and he's my twin
And when I lose it means he wins
And when he wins it means I lose
And we both have the same sized shoes

I'm his twin and he's my twin
My face is round his face is thin
My waist is big his waist is small
We're both six and a bit feet tall

I'm his twin and he's my twin
On stage he's shy on stage I sing
He writes with left I write with right
At maths we've always both been bright

I'm his twin and he's my twin
Our brother's Ol our mum is Lynne
In photos taken years ago
Which twin is which? Nobody knows

I'm his twin and he's my twin
I'm like his yang and he's my yin
I know his thoughts he knows mine too
We're miles apart yet stick like glue

I'm his twin and he's my twin
It's really quite a glorious thing
For 40 years we've been this way
I wouldn't change a single day

(Except the day he broke a snooker cue on my back...)
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Mabel keeps telling me about the 'turtle on my knee' in the song Attention. I couldn't believe that was right, but she assured me it was. I've just looked it up - 'throwin' that dirt all on my name' isn't nearly as good as Mabel's invention 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out Wakefield Libraries getting in on the rhymes! Good work 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

You know that you'll have a great time With story and rhythm and rhyme, When Conrad is here- He's due to appear on the stroke of the two o'clock chime! Conrad Burdekin! enjoy a great afternoon of fun with words.

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