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Holiday Rap Fun for Newington Pupils

A special rap version of the traditional Hare and the Tortoise story is being enjoyed by Newington Community Primary School children during their summer holidays.

Music teacher Warwick Eldred wrote a poem and created a five-minute animation based on the much-loved story, enthusiastically performed by Year 1 teacher Claire Berryman.

He explained “It is part of our regular ‘Poetry Corner’ releases that are made to encourage pupils to read at home, and hopefully to develop a passion for poetry and word-play.

“This episode is notably different as the poem is presented in the style of a rap. Miss Berryman, who presents the programme, was only warned of this ten minutes before recording the poem but rose to the challenge in true Newington style.”

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The story of how the steady and determined tortoise beats the boastful hare in a challenge race helps promote some of the school’s core values including ‘grit’ and ‘zest’.

The infectious rhythm, bold and amusing animated graphics, and Miss Berryman’s energetic performance provide a perfect rendition of Aesop’s thought-provoking fable.

Mr Eldred added: “By setting the poem to music, we hope that our pupils will enjoy practising their reading but in a fun and creative way.”

The school has a wide range of educational video resources including many original songs and performances that the pupils can access during the holidays.

 

**For more information, contact Head Teacher Cliff Stokes on (01843) 593412.

*E-mail headteacher@newington-ramsgate.kent.sch.uk