Workshops

 

Key Stage One:  ‘Story Book’


This workshop is targeted at En 1  ‘Speaking and Listening’ and En 3 ‘Writing’.


Working in small groups, children as young as reception learn to collaborate in creating their own characters and simple plot and then develop their skills in drawing and writing to create a ‘Story Book’ all of their own.    Refined and completed ‘story books’ provide a stimulating resource for future reading work.



‘Writers Room’ has proved a hugely popular and adaptable workshop with both Key Stage Two and Secondary Schools.  Building on skills En 1 to 3, it provides opportunities to develop work both individually and collectively. 


Whilst pushing more able students to higher levels, I have managed to engage kids with special needs who find it hard to focus.  I have even converted resigned Year 9’s to 11, determined to believe ‘writing’ is not for them!


Whatever the start level, the set up is fundamentally the same:  a class of 25-30 become the ‘Writers Room’ - a  group of ‘talented’ script-writers charged to develop a new kids drama for TV.   As ‘lead writer’, I guide them through the process as I have experienced it for real.  Working in groups of 4/5  they pitch ideas to the ‘Exec’ (member of staff) who ‘commissions’ the idea they think has ‘legs’.    The ‘room’ then develops the characters, devises the plot, and completes a script for the pilot!   


Where time and resources allow, to maximise the learning outcomes, individual contributions can be refined, a final draft collated, published or displayed, culminating in a rehearsed reading or peer-group performance.

Key Stage Two:  ‘Poetry Day’

Key Stage Two Plus :  ‘Writers Room’


This workshop is targeted at En 1  ‘Speaking and Listening’ and En 3 ‘Writing’.


Using a process similar to the ‘Writers Room’, except producing a radio or audio script that can be performed or recorded and used as a resource.  


Working in groups helps young writers break down the creative process and over-come inhibitions about getting their ideas on the page.


Thinking about sound fx to illustrate a story encourages  young writers to develop their descriptive powers and explore figurative use of language.  Making a clear distinction between dialogue and stage directions in  ‘telling’ a story helps develop creative use of dialogue in all their work.  



This workshop is targeted at En 1  ‘Speaking and Listening’ and En 3 ‘Writing’.


Fun poetry exercises specifically focussed on exploring lines between fiction and fact and distinctions between simile and metaphor.   This workshop is particularly effective at getting young writers to actually write something!   A performance of selected work at the end of the day is a wonderful way to big up those lacking confidence and prove to a wider group that writing can get you noticed (in a good way!). 

Key Stage Two plus:  ‘Audio Play’

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