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Poets have the X Factor

Devonshire Primary School X Factor poetry competition finalists with teacher Natalie Dean.

Devonshire Primary School X Factor poetry competition finalists with teacher Natalie Dean.

These young poets have got the ‘X Factor’ after impressing their classmates with poetry.

The Year Three classes at Devonshire Primary School, Blackpool, took part in a competition, writing their own poems to perform for classmates.

The “auditions” saw children reciting poems before a lucky 15 won their own ‘recording contract’.

The youngsters last week visited the City Learning Centre, on Bathurst Avenue, Grange Park, to record their recitals in video form.

Year Three teacher Natalie Dean said: “The children loved using the facilities, they really came out of themselves and felt like they were famous.”

The children had written the poetry based on teaching others about healthy lifestyles.

Ms Dean added: “The stuff they did was really creative, coming from different angles like exercise and diet.”

Eight-year-old Jonathan Leighton said: “For the first time I got to see a real life TV studio and I loved seeing how the videos were made.”

Classmate Kirsty Fitzpatrick-Squire, seven, said: “I loved editing my own video, it was brilliant.”

Now the 15 poets are looking forward to showcasing their work to the rest of their school, on Devonshire Road, for classmates to choose an ultimate winner.

Issy Gardener, eight, said: “I thought it was awesome watching my own performance back, I felt like a celebrity.”

*Read the children’s poems in Junior Gazette next Wednesday.

 

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