Class 2A

Another poem from Dave Ward and Year 2


The trams were white and green,

a mix of a bus and a train.

They travelled on rails on the road

all around the area.


If you went to somebody’s house,

they might have an allotment

to grow their own veg –

carrots, cabbage, turnips, broccoli

and beetroot.

They grew tomatoes and peas too;

and if you stayed there till Sunday

you might see some sweets;

and if they didn’t have a bath

they would go to a place like a swimming baths.


In the old days Garston Baths

was extremely different to the one we know today!

You could have a private bath there.

They gave you some soap so you were very clean.

There were brown tiles and big heavy metal taps.

The floor was concrete

and there was a lot of dust and pipes.

The boys put gel on their hair to make it stick up

and they were called Teddy Boys.


For some fun you could go to the Circus

where there was a man

swinging sticks of fire around.

I wish there was a man on a tightrope.

The people in there could do

very good tricks and stunts.


The sweet shop was very old.

On Friday the children would be excited

because they got bubble gum to make a bubble,

cinder toffee and tray toffee, very yummy.

When they came in the bell rang.

If the person was outside in the back

they would come to serve their customers.


Some people used to play bowls on the Bowling Green,

There was a little ball called a Jack

and lots of other big balls which you needed to get near the Jack.

Some nasty people used to throw stuff on the Bowling Green

so the bowls wouldn’t roll.


Today 2A are working with poet Dave Ward – we are very excited to learn about Garston!

We began our morning listening to some fantastic work by Dave. First we heard a poem about a girl called Candy and her cat Jazzz, who had very interesting dreams! It was very interesting to see the journey of the poems from notes to published books.

Dave showed us some of his poems.

After we learned a little about Dave, we started by thinking about all the different places we like to go to today such as:

Dave's poems feature in lots of books!

Dave’s poems feature in lots of books!

– Garston park – one of the children’s favourite places to play

– Garston swimming pool – “We go there for our swimming lessons”

We came up with lots of ideas– St Mary’s church – “I go to jujitsu at St Mary’s”

– Liverpool South Parkway – “That’s near my house

– Garston docks – “My nan has a boat there!”

We used adjectives to describe what these places are like. We thought about what how we feel when we visit these places.

‘hot, sunny, exciting, soft, dark, calm, busy, shaky, rumbling, scary’

After playtime, our second group were giggling along to a funny poem from ‘Poems to annoy your parents’. We learned lots of ways to make dad mad!

Now it’s time to use all of our thoughts to write a poem. Here’s what we came up with:

If you go down down to Garston town

You can have a look around.

You will see the zip wire on the Adventure Playground

It feels like you are flying low

Careful you don’t stub your toe!

In Go Kids there’s a big blue slide

It makes you shakey and scared inside

Garston Library is old and quiet,

Its full of books, you should try it.

The corner shop is a special treat 

You’re so excited to eat the sweets.

The Chinese restaurant is coloured red – 

come in here you’ll get well fed! 


We have had a great day, we can’t wait for our next session where we will find out lots about the history of Garston!

Thank you to all parents and grandparents for sending in fantastic information about old Garston.



Good morning!  Friday 6th March 2015 – we’re looking forward to learning  about the history of Garston!

We're ready to learn!

We’re ready to learn!

To begin our morning we heard a story about a lady called ‘Ginny Green teeth’, who lived in a small, thatched cottage in Garston. After listening to the story we wrote our own story about her. Here’s what we came up with:

Ginny Green Teeth 

Ginny Lightbody lived in a small, white cottage surrounded by bare, blowy trees all around. She kept brown chickens that clucked and bobbed and a big black cow that moo’ed. They had two grassy fields next to the River Mersey. Her husband William caught fish in the river. He threw his line the waited and waited. But one day he came home shaking and wobbling with a really bad cough. Ginny knew he had the Plague!  Twenty people had died in Garston already! Two days later, William died. Ginny was sad and upset. How could she take care of baby John and all the chickens and cow, and herself as well? 

After William had been buried, Jack Stack came knocking on the door.

“I will help you” he said. But William had always said “Don’t trust Jack Stack – he only wants our 2 fields, our chickens and our cows.” Jack Stack asked “Will you marry me?” But Ginny said “No”

The next night Jack Stack knocked again, but Ginny didn’t answer. Jack Stack kicked down the door. Ginny grabbed baby John and ran out of the house. 

Session 2 

What do we know about monks?

What do we know about monks?

Our second group are looking forward to learning about the monks of Garston. The monks came from Garston from over the water: Stanlawe on the Wirral and Upholland in Lancashire. They had a mill to make the cloth to sew into ‘habits’ for white Friars and black Friars.

The monkshoods sandals made of ‘rough but comfortable’ leather made in the tannery, which they built.

Images of old garston

Images of old Garston

The black Friars built Garston Hall. It looked like a windmill without a wheel, sitting on a hill with lots of trees. The White Friars built Garston cross on top of a hill with lots of bumpy stairs.

We thought about the differences between crossing the Mersey today, with what it would have been like for the monks.

Now we cross the Mersey on the train, the tunnel or on the ferry. But the monks took people over on small rowing boats. The people were excited, scared and happy and some of them felt sea sick. The boat was wobbly. It was freezing cold and windy. The monks felt tired, rowing with wooden oars. They felt puffed out but happy!

afternoon session – independent writing

This afternoon we have been thinking about what life in Garston in the 1960’s was like. We have been thinking about all the different places we could visit such as:

-Garston baths – people used to go here to get a bath and the ‘teddy boys’ would brylcreem their hair.

-the allotments – people grew their own vegetables at the allotments.

-the bowling green – 

-the sweet shop

-the fair/circus


Garston had a tram turntable to turn the trams around.

Garston had a tram turntable to turn the trams around.

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