Rhyme on the Rails 31.5.18

Today we were visited by Maddy from Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail to find out more about the train line that used to be there.

Maddy told us a bit about the history of the train line. The train line was opened in 1882. The trains were very different to modern trains; they were steam trains that needed coal to power them.  It was very exciting for everyone as people used to have to travel horse and cart, so people were now able to travel further and quicker.

Maddy then read us a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson called ‘From a Railway Carriage’. We then worked in groups to learn and perform a line from the poem. We used actions to help us remember each part.

Finally, we got the chance make a poetry book and write our own poems. We looked at a nest that had been found on Marriott’s Way and thought about what else it could be using similes and metaphors. Then we wrote our own poems and performed them to the class if we wanted to.

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!

Robert Louis Stevenson