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Keywords:

  • children’s poetry;
  • National Curriculum for English;
  • English lesson;
  • Initial Teacher Education

Abstract

Children from eleven PGCE partnership schools participated in a poetry writing competition. In writing a poem entitled An English Lesson they have provided an insight into what they experience in the English classroom. The poems, published in-house as an anthology, have been analysed using the key concepts of the National Curriculum for English (QCA, 2007) – competence; creativity; cultural understanding; and critical understanding. This article accompanies some of the children’s poems.