Wearing odd socks for Anti-Bullying Week #AllDifferentAllEqual

photo of feet copyright Bernard Young

Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity for children to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness! Schools across the country are holding Odd Socks Days as part of Anti-Bullying Week (13th-17th November). I’m looking forward to going to one of my Patron of Reading schools, Summerville Primary School in Salford, tomorrow, where we will be reading and writing poems on an anti-bullying theme.

If you are looking for ideas on how to use poetry for anti-bullying lessons, I listed some resources in a previous post here.

While we are on socks, here’s one of my poems that is from Brilliant and will also be in my new children’s poetry book due to be published soon.

Orange Socks

Orange socks
Orange socks
I’ve seen a girl wearing orange socks

Not blue not black
Not violet not pink

Orange socks
They make me think

of red hot days
the sun up above
when you don’t need your scarf
you don’t need your gloves

Orange socks
Orange socks
Who’s that girl wearing orange socks?

Not brown not grey
Not yellow not green

But the orangiest orange
that I’ve ever seen

Orange socks
I like the style
Orange socks
They make me smile

Orange socks
Orange socks
Glad I saw that girl in those orange socks

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Empathy Heroes Day kicking off Patron of Reading in Oldham

Bernard Young at Oldham Hulme Grammar School Juniors

We had a great day kicking of the Patron of Reading relationship between myself and Oldham Hulme Grammar School Juniors on 12 September. The students were in fancy dress as their favourite heroes and the overall theme of the day was about putting yourself into other people’s shoes and being Empathy Heroes.

I worked with years 3, 4, 5 and 6 during the day. I read out some poems from my books and performed some accompanied by guitar. Then during the workshops pupils wrote poems inspired by shoes that they had brought in.

Before the end of the session many of the poems were performed by their authors. The school is planning to have more of these performances on National Poetry Day (28 September).

After lunch members of the school council (pictured below) interviewed me for the school magazine and asked questions about my career as a poet.

I’m looking forward to our continued Patron of Reading relationship.

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school.” Read more about the scheme on the Patron of Reading website.

What does it feel like to be in someone else’s shoes? Empathy Heroes Day

A man's foot with a old lady's feet in the background copyright Bernard Young

I’m looking forward to the first Patron of Reading visit to Oldham Hulme Grammar School Juniors on Tuesday. I will be leading poetry workshops using people’s shoes as inspiration for Empathy Heroes Day. I thought I’d repost a poem of mine along these lines as an example. This poem was inspired by the photo above.

The Visitor

When he arrives
she wonders who’s come?
He kisses her cheek
and calls her Mum.

After he’s been
she forgets that he came.
She can’t picture his face
or recall his name.

This poem and photograph was first published on blipfoto.com on 30th May 2013.

Delighted that I’m now Patron of Reading for Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Bernard Young Patron of Reading for Oldham Hulme Grammar School

I’m delighted to announce that it has been confirmed today that I am Patron of Reading for Oldham Hulme Grammar School. We have some exciting things planned for my first visit on 12th September.

This is the second school that I am working with as Patron of Reading. The other is Summerville Primary School, Salford, where I have had one visit so far in May.

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school.” Read more about the scheme on the Patron of Reading website.