The youngsters had no idea that their Monday morning lesson was going to be interrupted by the pop performer.
The chart-topping star joined the class of year 6 pupils to write poetry around the topic of diversity and picked up the microphone to perform the poems to his track 'Moves', which features legendary US rapper Snoop Dogg.
Olly, who is a judge for this year’s Premier League Writing Stars competition, was impressed with the poetry he witnessed. He said, “To see the kids writing and doing their poems to my song, talking about diversity, it was just really inspiring. It’s important for kids at this age to understand diversity. It doesn’t matter what skin you have, how unique or different you are as a person, we’re all together here as one.”
Talking about the work of Foundation Olly added, “I saw how great the staff were with the kids and it’s brilliant. It’s fantastic that Manchester United can come here and do these programmes. It’s a credit to the club and to everyone involved.”
St Luke’s pupil Ruby was one of the lucky youngsters inspired by the visit. She said, “I saw Olly on X Factor last night and now I’ve seen him in real life! I just didn’t know what to say when he came in. We spent time today talking about what diversity means to us and then got all our words together to start writing it down as one big poem and then performed it as a rap.”
The Premier League Writing Stars competition judges children’s poems on their creative merits and aims to help develop skills in writing, spelling, and punctuation. The judging panel for this season’s competition also includes former Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, and poet Joseph Coelho.