Reading – Refugee by Brian Bilston

Wednesday 03 October 2018

This week, Year 5 have been focusing on poetry during our reading sessions. We have been using the poem ‘Refugee‘ by Brian Bilston as our stimulus.

The poem is super interesting as you can read it forwards and backwards – this is called a palindrome poem.

First, we read it forwards and recorded our feelings. We were outraged by what we had read:

“We should let people into our country if theirs isn’t safe!” Emme 

“I don’t like it because it’s offensive!” Molly

“It is offensive. It is rude. And, that’s not how people should be!” Spencer

“The poet obviously hasn’t read the poem No Problem by Benjamin Zephaniah [a poem we have also learnt about this year]!” Kieran

Then, we read it backwards and noticed that our views on the poem had completely changed.

In the next lesson, we compared this video of the poem against this video of the poem being performed. We picked out what we liked and created our own version.

Ask your child how reading the poem forwards and backwards was different.