When Jill Stevens, Literacy Co-ordinator at Collingbourne Cof E Primary launched a whole school writing competition she was expecting the usual 20-30 entries from the children at her small village school. She was astounded to receive 60-70 entries. Even better the competition encouraged some reluctant writers to have a go. The competition was so fierce they had to create more categories of winners.
The competition was based on our Pojo and the Chest of Dreams story. We went in to kick the competition off with a storytelling and to teach our 7 Steps of Story Writing. The children then made puppets of the characters using our Create and Show kits.
This month’s Teach Primary includes an article about Teaching Through Stories and how stories can be used right across the curriculum. By looking at the when, where, what and how of stories and linking these to the curriculum.
The article is written by our very own Natasha Dennis and Tonya Meers.
Last week we had the pleasure of being asked to kick off Book Week at Harnham Infant School in Salisbury.
The children of the school had met Pojo previously because they had used Pojo Blows the Gunpowder Plot last November to tell the story of Guy Fawkes.
This time we told the story of Pojo Saves the Rainforest and then spent the day going into the classes to talk to them about how to put their stories together using our 7 steps to story writing.
We also gave them the challenge of writing a story with the characters from Pojo Saves the Rainforest and by the end of the day some of them had already come up with some wonderful tales of Pojo being a superdog and saving the world or meeting penguins. It’s always great to see where children’s imaginations go to when you let them.
We finished the day with a book signing and lots of the children bought other Pojo adventures. So he’s definitely proving a real hit in Salisbury!
This month’s Primary Teacher Update includes an article by award winning education journalist Sal Mckeown about how teachers are using our creative storytelling kits to link literacy with other subject areas across the KS1 and KS2 curriculums. You can read Sal’s article on how Nicola Richardson from Lemington Riverside Primary School in Newcastle has used Pojo and the Knights of Chepstow Castle to raise writing standards and even teach French. The article also includes some of Top 10 tips of storytelling in the classroom.
Nicola is one of our testers, all our kits are tested by teachers before we release them. If you would like to become one of our testers, we will shortly be releasing our new teacher resource packs. So if you are going to be teaching Romans, Island Geography, Ancient Egypt or Normans & Knights next term we could give you six lesson plans all linked to one of our stories. To sign up as a tester and receive exclusive discounts please go to www.littlecreativedays.co.uk/testerregistration.html
“The children in KS2 loved this product. The story and the play were both well received. The patterns to make the characters were clear. A well thought-out kit with everything clearly labelled and detailed instructions. Fits los of areas of the curriculum.”
To celebrate the launch of our new Pojo’s Roman Conquest story and puppet making kits we are giving a way a complete set of Pojo books, plus 2nd prize is a copy of Pojo’s Roman Conquest and 3rd prize is an Ebook of Pojo’s Roman Conquest. All entrants will receive a £5 voucher.