Year 9 Poetry lesson with a difference

Posted on: 14/09/2015

You don't expect to turn up to your English lesson and play a drum! Well in Mrs Clayton's class that is exactly what you do. The class were studying John Scott's poem The Drum about and about how drums were used to drum up recruits. The class learned that in wars in the past drums were used to communicate signals on the battlefield such as to attack or retreat. 

Mrs Clayton explained, that historically the rhythmic patterns of poetry helped them to be easier to learn when most of the population could not read and that they were often sung with musical accompaniment. The drum was used in class to help the students understand both what the poem was about and the rhythm of the poem. 

Read John Scott's poem here:


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