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National Poetry Day 2021

08 Oct 2021

Strict
Michael Rosen








 
We had a teacher who was so strict, you weren't allowed to breathe in her lessons.
She used to stand out the front going, "No breathing!" And you had the whole morning to get through.
The weak ones just used to keel over and die, you'd hear them going down behind you! Ka-boom! Ka-boom! Ka-boom!
And there was always a whiny kid going, "Miss, can I go out and do some breathing?"
And she'd say, "No, you've got all playtime to do it!"
"oh come on Miss, oh come on!"
 
Did you know at the beginning of the week there were forty eight kids in my class,
And at the end of the week there were only five of them left.
Yeah, d'you know at the end of the day you'd be stepping over kids just to get out of the room.
Oh no! There's Melanie! That's a shame, she was really nice! There's Dave. Hard luck Dave, always knew you were a bit weak.
 
You know people say to me, "If that's true, how come you're here to tell the tale?"
Fair enough and I'll tell you.
It's because, when I was at school, we used to sit at desks.
We didn't sit around tables like you do now, we used to sit at desks, with lids.
And some of us figured out, what you had to do... ...was snatch a quick breath under the desk lid when she wasn't looking.
 
So once more from the beginning. "No breathing!"
The weak ones, Ka-bum, ka-bum, ka-bum.
The whiny ones, "Miss, can I go out and do some breathing?"
"No, you've got all playtime to do it!"
 "Oh, go on Miss, oh go on!"
That was a mistake; slamming the desk lid down! If you made a noise with the desk, lid it was... "Out! School Prison!"
 
There was a school prison underneath the school hall where they used to string you up from the wall bars.
"Miss, I've been up here for 3 weeks! And there's rats... and they're nibblin' my toenails!"
 
So I figured it out
What you had to do was put your thumb around the edge of the desk lid
So when it went down, it didn't make any noise at all
Once more, from the beginning:
"Noooo BREATHING!"
The weak ones:
Ka-bum, ka-bum, ka-bum.
The whiny ones:
"Miss, can I go out and do some breathing?"
"No, you've had all playtime to do that"
"Oh come on miss, oh come on"
"OUT! School prison!"
"Miss, I've been up here for 3 weeks! And there's rats... and they're nibbling my toenails!"
There, no noise at all...
SURVIVAL!

 

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Oh my goodness, I can't believe how amazing all the children are at reading/reciting the poem! Please say a huge well done to them all. I really enjoyed watching this, thanks for sharing!
Mrs Sara Dudley-Hart - 08 Oct 2021 - 14:21
WOW! Year 4, I loved watching this. You performed this so confidently, I think I might watch it again! Well done, I am very proud of you all.
Mrs Claire Nairne - 08 Oct 2021 - 14:23
That’s brilliant! Well done everyone!
Ms Gwendoline Herrera - 08 Oct 2021 - 14:27
So impressive! Well done 4SN
Mrs Taibah Choudhury - 08 Oct 2021 - 14:40
Thank you! I am so proud of the children. They have worked so hard on this! Well done 4SN!
Ms Sumra Nadeem - 08 Oct 2021 - 15:53
They all did a fantastic job reciting the poem & I am loving the confidence! Well done 4SN.
Mrs Nuraya Asiroglu - 08 Oct 2021 - 16:07
Fabulous performance 4SN 👏🏼 Keep up the brilliant work!
Ms Kathrine Chetty - 08 Oct 2021 - 16:16
That was so brilliant! Well done 4SN!
Ms Nishi Bolakee - 08 Oct 2021 - 17:09
What an amazing performance 4SN! I love your energy!
Ms Jonaki Glanvill - 08 Oct 2021 - 18:23
I’ve been listening (through the wall!) your poem and I’m really impressed at the final outcome. Bravo 👏
Mrs Helen Grant - 09 Oct 2021 - 00:11
 
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