History Remixed

History Remixed

‘Haiku’ Poetry with Dean Hole Primary School

Key Stage 2 pupils from Dean Hole Primary School took part in a Civil War tour of Newark town centre, led by Museum staff in October. Pupils visited buildings and sites that played key roles during the time.

As part of our work on the MuBu project we were able to work with Dave Wood, a creative writer from Writing East Midlands, to offer the pupils an opportunity to take part in a  Haiku poetry writing activity in school.

‘Haiku’ poetry is a traditional form of Japanese poetry! Poems consist of three lines. The first and last lines have five syllables and the middle line has seven syllables. For example (and to help you remember) here is an example:

I am first with five

Then seven in the middle

Five again to end


Pupils look at images of key Civil War sites

Pupils think of descriptive words


Pupils look at images of town sites and work on ideasPupils were asked to get into small groups and write a story about  a particular picture. They had 10 minutes to do this!


Pupils present theire mini dramaWhen the pupils had created a story they were asked to act it out  and present this mini drama to the other groups.

Poetry in progressBack to the story … the pupils were asked to work in groups to retell the story as a Haiku Poem. 5,7,5 words /syllables per line.. and think about what is at the beginning, middle and end.


Pupils repeated the performance… but had to use only the Haiku as a script, hence the presentations became more dramatic!


Pupils work out their Haiku poemsLater, (in groups of two) pupils wrote a response to an image from the tour as a ‘Haiku’ poem (using format of  three lines of 5,7,5 words or syllables per line).

Pupils rework their poems with 'opposite' wordsAs an added twist Dave asked for another poem to be created… this time using words which had the opposite meaning to ones used! This certainly created ‘History Remixed’!

Pupils read out their Haiku poemsFinally pupils presented their creations to the rest of the group.










Here are some examples of the completed poems :

The Font  (Haiku)

Babies get christened

It was here since Civil War

It was made from stone


The Font  (Opposite Haiku)

Adults get christened

The font was made yesterday

It was made from sponge


Church Spire (Haiku)

Hole in the Church roof

Cannon ball hit the roof top

Disaster ooh na!


Church Spire (Opposite Haiku)

Broken Church broken

Hole under the window

Broken Church broken


Siege Coin (Haiku)

They used siege money

This was in the Civil War



Siege Coin (Opposite Haiku)

 We have lots of coins

Notes pounds two Ps and lots more

In this century






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Newark and Sherwood Museum Service has a collection of over 70,000 objects. Millgate Museum is closed to visitors now as we are in the process of developing a new museum, with a National Civil War Centre, on the Old Magnus Buildings site Appletongate. This new museum will replace the exhibitions at Millgate and the Gilstrap Centre. At the Resource Centre we continue to offer a research service that gives everyone access to our collection of objects and archives and learning sessions for schools and groups in the community. Please ring 01636 655777 or 655730 to make an appointment.