Key Stage 2 children from Winmarleigh C of E Primary School enjoyed a fantastic visit to the London on Friday to perform on stage at the National Theatre!

Children had won the chance to perform as part of the CLiPPA 2018 (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) Shadowing Scheme. This award for a book of poetry for children was launched in 2003 and is the only award for published poetry for children and highlights an important branch of children’s literature, ensuring that it receives proper recognition. The award is shadowed by primary schools from across the country with teachers being invited to video children performing poems from the shortlisted books to win the chance to perform on stage.

This year the shortlisted poets were

John Agard: The Rainmaker Danced

Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama: Rising Stars.

Joseph Coelho: Overheard in a Tower Block

Sarah Crossan: Moonrise

Sue Hardy-Dawson: Where Zebras Go

Karl Nova: Rhythm and Poetry


Winmarleigh School won the opportunity, out of 200 schools, to perform their version of John Agard’s poem ‘On The Run From Colour’ from his book The Rainmaker Danced.

Children had an early start catching the 6:58am train from Lancaster to make it in time for rehearsals and workshops in the morning at the National Theatre. They had a tour of the theatre and were able to visit backstage and see where all the props and stage designs are built.

After lunch the awards started in the Olivier Theatre and children from the 5 winning schools performed alongside the shortlisted poets. Each poet performed one of their poems too and children were captivated by all of the performances. At the end of the award the winner was announced – Karl Nova for his book Rhythm and Poetry.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the children and such an achievement for our small school. They were so proud to have been chosen to perform at the National Theatre and are already asking about entering again next year! 

To finish off the day Winmarleigh children were treated to an ice cream by the River Thames and they even managed to fit in a little sightseeing with a walk to Buckingham Palace before heading back to Lancaster.


CLiPPA Poetry Awards in London

Educational Visits Class 2 learning Competitions