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greta-thames-sailing-barge with colour sail

School Project Special

Fran  Lethbridge organised a special project for schools where the children wrote a poem and perhaps added a drawing/painting about 'Greta' the historic Thames Barge that lives in Faversham in the Winter and spends Spring & Summer  sailing from Whitstable Harbour around the Thames Estuary.

Norton C of E Primary School

  • We consider all our children to be  STARS...We believe that all children, no matter from where they start,  are given the opportunity to make the most of their abilities.
    Class Three  have been studying forms of poetry; Cinquains, Limericks  and Quatrains. They then created their own using Sailing Barge Greta as stimulus for their poetry. Have a read and I'm sure you will  agree... They are all Norton Stars!
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    A Poem by Amber

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    SB Greta 

    Graceful Greta helping to save the Forts

    but she must return by 7 without problems

    of any sorts

    She out at sea all day

    With the seals and Porpoises having

    a play

    Swiftly sailing many seas

    Skipper Steve is at the helm looking very pleased

    She carries two dogs

    with no bumping into logs

    S.B Greta

    Amber Year 4

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Amelie O’Connell Year 3

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    SB Greta

    Greta!

    Huge, cool

    Racing , heaving, lovely

    This is Skipper Steve’s boat where he lives with his lovely two dogs named Alfie and Ludo.

    S.B Greta!

    Amelie O’Connell Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Amy Hawkins Year 4

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    SB Greta

    Barge

    Beautiful, Fun

    Fishing, sailing, racing

    Alfie and Ludo’s playground

    Greta

    Amy Hawkins Year 4

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by by Brendan

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    SB Greta

    Barge

    Graceful, huge

    Sailing, fishing, relaxing

    Alfie and Ludo’s playground

    Brendan Class 3 Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Cameron

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    SB Greta

    Greta

    Huge, happy

    Dashing, fishing, racing

    Smoothly sailing from dawn dusk

    SB Greta

    Cameron Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by David

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    SB Greta

    Graceful Greta bobbing on the sea

    Sailing though a wonderful breeze with skipper Steve When Ludo tries to sneak

    Alfie tries to peep.

    When the crew and skipper Steve sail the seven seas

    They make Miss Lethbridge make all the teas.

    When those beautiful blue waves come

    Those cheeky little dogs lie under the sun.

    David Year 4

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Ellie-Mae

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    SB Greta

    There was once a salty old Skipper called Steve

    whose sails were hard to heave

    who sailed the  salty seas

    He'd take you and if you made the teas!

    or you'll have to leave

    Ellie Mae Year 4 

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Elliot

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    SB Greta

    There once a skipper called Steve

    He had sailed the seven seas

    This made him pleased

    Because his wife made him teas

    The sails are hard to heave

    Elliot Year 4 Class 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Emily

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    SB Greta

    Greta the barge

    is very large

    She sails across deep blue seas

    as she floats with the breeze

    Alfie and Ludo are dogs

    but they make as much noise as water hogs

    I you go on the barge you will have a lovely day

    and you will be sad when you go away

    Skipper Steve is very pleased

    as he sails the sea's

    in his beautiful boat

    and when it's cold wear your coat

    Emily Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Ethan

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    SB Greta

    There once was a Skipper called Steve

    He has a huge sails to heave

    He likes to do fishing

    But he’s always left wishing

    Isn’t that hard to believe?

    Ethan Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Evie

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    SB Greta

    The Barge!

    Even though the barge is old

    To Skipper Steve she is good as gold

    She sails calmly through the breeze

    Her body is made of Oak trees

    Evie Year 3 

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Harriet

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    SB Greta

    Greta is a barge,

    she is very very large.

    Greta is a barge,

    and she couldn't fit in a BIG garage

    She sails across the seven seas,

    getting pushed by the breeze,

    she has saved many lives,

    so when you leave say your good byes.

    Now lets go to catch some fish,

    will fry them up and put them on a dish,

    will eat them for supper,

    with a biscuit and  cupper.

    Can you smell the Christmas roast

    cooking in the Kitchen oven,

    lots of people on the deck.

    here comes a Whale, blooming heck.

    Harriet Year 3 

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Isabel

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    SB Greta

    Barge!

    Sailing is fun on the old barge.

    It is a boat which is very large.

    Come sail the sea on Miss Lethbridge's boat.

    Have lots of fun sailing the sea.

    Alfie and Ludo make noise when its time for tea.

    Skipper Steve sails the sea.

    Come along for a float on this magnificent boat.

     

    S.B Greta

    Isabel Year 3 

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Jess

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    SB Greta

    Come along with me,

    as graceful Greta sails the sea!

    Everyone on there agrees its bliss,

    her brilliance you won't miss!

    A place for Alfie and Ludo to sleep,

    she bobs along without a peep

    She really is a beautiful barge,

    there's lots of room cause she's so large!

    The Norris family love every bit,

    even though Mrs N gets a bit sick!

    Skipper Steve pulls up the ropes,

    then washes the deck with lots of soaps!

    Every day there are fantastic feasts,

    watch out for water beasts!

    Again we pull the ropes with heave,

    What a busy day for Skipper Steve!

    THE END

    Jessica Remfry Year 3, Class 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Josh Hawkins

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    SB Greta

    Greta

    Exciting, Beautiful

    Sailing, Breezing, Racing

    Alfie and Ludo’s playground

    Barge

    A Poem by Kim

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    SB Greta

    The Barge

    Fabulous, huge

    Sailing, fishing, slowing

    A place for skipper to lay his sleepy head down

    S.B Greta.

    Kim Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Leah

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    SB Greta

    Barge

    Humongous, huge

    Sailing, fishing, racing

    Skipper Steve sails swiftly through the sea

    Greta

    Leah Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Linzi

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    SB Greta

    Graceful Greta sails the seas

    She sails with the breeze

    She has been around since 1892

    When they go to see the Forts she can only just fit through

    She is recognised everywhere

    and is sailed with lots of care

    She likes to go and prow

    and has never had a tow

    Alfie and Ludo like to play

    they like to have a fuss and tickle all day

    When Miss Lethbridge has to go

    they cry and say no no !

    When it's time to go to bed

    Gorgeous Greta likes to rest her head.

    Graceful Greta is a bit of a lady

    she likes to find somewhere shady.

    Greta is a graceful glider

    and she never looks any wider

    On her sails there is some writing

    Inside the boat there is a lot of lighting

    SB Greta

    Linzi H Year 4

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Luke

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    SB Greta

    Barge

    Beautiful, Gigantic

    Sailing, Laughing, Fishing

    A lovely home for Alfie and Ludo to sleep at night

    Greta

    Luke Year 4

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Martha

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    SB Greta

    Greta is a barge,

    She is very large,

    She sails the seven seas,

    even in a tough breeze.

     

    Skipper Steve pull the ropes,

    while people wash the decks with soaps,

    Skipper Steve looks out at sea,

    whilst Miss Lethbridge makes the tea.

    Greta is very old,

    to Skipper Steve she's as wonderful as gold,

    Alfie and Ludo are cute little dogs,

    they make as much noise as water hogs!

    People walk along the blue deck,

    here comes a big wave blooming eck.

    Greta sails along with pride,

    come and see the inside.

     

    Lets go fishing to find some fish,

    I will fry them up and eat them in a dish.

    The barge is made of thick oak,

    so don't worry it won't soak.

    She's out at sea all day long,

    In the evening she moors by a buoy.

    On the sea Greta will lie,

    but now, I'm sorry, I am saying goodbye!

    Martha Taylor Year 3  

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Michael

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    SB Greta

    Greta is a barge

    she is very very large

    She rescued some soldiers from Dunkirk

    that must have been a lot of work

    Grand Greta is graceful to ride

    She would be so hard to hide

    Greta has a striped flag

    and the dogs tails go wag wag wag

     

    She is recognised everywhere

    and is sailed with lots of care

    She goes early in the morning

    when all the crew are yawning

     

    Alfie and Ludo are the dogs

    they bark when there are misty fogs

     

    There's a stern and a bow

    at the sight you would go wow.

    Michael Year 4

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Oliver

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    SB Greta

    Greta

    Old, Racing,

    Amazing, Sailing, Fishing

    Skipper Steve sailing swiftly through the sea

    S.B Greta.

    Oliver Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Soli Moxon

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    SB Greta

    There once was a skipper called Steve

    Who thought he would be able to achieve

    Sailing a barge called Greta around Greece

    Where they eat lots of pitta.

    I know it is hard to believe.

    Soli Moxon Year 3

    Norton C of E Primary School

    A Poem by Sophie

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    SB Greta

    Graceful Greta

    Sailing the sea's

    her Burgundy flags

    Sway with the trees

    She travels the Thames

    leading the way

    but the salty Skipper Steve

    does not like to obey

    Alfie and Ludo bark all day

    its always nice to have a play

    gorgeous smells sneak through the galley

    everyone can smell it all through the valley

    She is recognised everywhere and treated

     with good care

    You'd love to meet her

    come sail with Greta

    Greta the sailing barge.

    Sophie Year 4

    Norton C of E Primary School