We (Viraj, Rose, Grace, Ashiya, Nicholas, Ze Kai and Falak), went with Mrs Adlam to Remuera Primary School for a day of writing.

When we first arrived, we went to their Hall which was big and new! We were all given a book and pen or pencil which we could keep.
The first activity we did was to sit at a table and sketch the objects that were on the table. It could be any type of writing we liked. After we did the sketch, we brainstormed words to use in our writing. Grace and Rose sketched a cute little pot, Viraj sketched a woven mat.
Morning tea was provided for us. There were biscuits, cheese and crackers and grapes.
After morning tea, a well known NZ author, Alan Trussell-Cullen,  talked to us about poetry and shared some of his own poetry.  After his talk, we went back to the tables with a huge sheet of paper. Our task was to design a “poetry making machine” using the large piece of paper. Then to write poems. He told us that poems can be of any type, and that we shouldn’t worry about rules or even using capital letters and punctuation! Once we had written our poems and designed the poetry making machine, we were to plan and create a little presentation to share with everyone else.  At our group, we decided to make a poetry machine that would turn nice nursery rhymes into “naughty” rhymes!  Mrs Adlam suggested “Hey Diddle, Diddle”.

Our rhyme went into the poem machine like this:
“Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon”
And got “naughtied up” as:
“Hey diddle widdle, the cat had a giggle,
As the cow fell into a tomb”

And then:
“The little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon!
And got “naughtied up” as:
“The little dog barked and scared the cat,
That pushed the dish to its doom!

After lunch, we went on a Writer’s Trail.  There were 9 stations spread out over the school and we were given a map and tasks to do at each spot.  For example, we sat under a beautiful, old tree and wrote a haiku.  Another task was writing a letter home, as if you were a soldier in one of the World Wars – the school had a memorial plaque for soldiers who fought in the 1st and 2nd World Wars.
We all really enjoyed the trail and we thought it would be great to do something like this at our school.  The whole day was fun and an interesting experience.
By: VIRAJ, ROSE and GRACE