Tag Archive | creative literacy

Doubling entries to young writers competition!

young-writers-competiton-1When 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.


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The Power of Creative Storytelling

SLT_Cover7-3_141-200 In this month’s School Leadership Today magazine, issue 7.3, our 7 page article shows you the real power of creative storytelling and how to harness that power in the classroom.

We have also included some recommendations for good books to use as well as a number of practical examples that you can use straight away.

We’ve included the article  here  but if you wish to register to get your free copy of the magazine just go to http://www.teachingtimes.com/articles/school-leadership-today-free-issue-register 

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Rainbow Bird Finger Puppets

Rainbow bird finger puppet 1I started this session by teling the traditional aboriginal tale, Rainbow Bird. In it a crocodile has control of fire, without fire Bird Woman is cold, in the dark and has it eat her food raw. Bird Woman outsmarts the crocodile and waits for him to go to sleep and then takes his fire sticks and put them in her tail and spreads lights and fire from tree to tree, so from then on anyone can have fire by burning trees and the Bird Woman has bright tail feathers and becomes Rainbow Bird.

Rainbow bird by eric maddernI used Eric Maddern’s version for my telling.

Making the finger puppets

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Pojo wins Silver

PTU AwardPojo and King Tut Tut’s Lost Treasure Create and Show puppet making kit for Key Stage Two has won Silver in the Primary Teacher Update Awards. Pojo was very pleased to be at the award ceremony last friday.  We were delighted with the feedback from the testers.

“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.”

pojo & king tut tut's lost treasure KS2 kit

Wombat goes walkabout and he thinks and he digs…..

Wombat face maskOur Australian theme carries on this week with Wombats. We made face masks and claws this week so that we could act out our story. I really wish I had got a photo with all the children with their masks and claws but I was so busy with the story as our session was nearly over I forgot. Times flies when you are having fun. I did manage to get his picture though.

To make the mask and claws

  1. Print out this Wombat Template onto card and cut out.
  2. Make the holes ready for the elastic.
  3. Let the children decorate the mask and claws with any materials they like, we used fabric, paint, pencils and felt tips.
  4. Thread elastic through the holes and tie. Please be careful with young children and long chords.


Wombat goes WalkaboutWe then had our story Michael Morpurgo’s Wombat Goes Walkabout. I love this story and so did the children. It is about a little wombat who has lost his mum. He meets many animals on search for his mother who are all to keen to tell him what they can do. When they ask him what he does, he replies, ‘ I think a lot and a I dig a lot’.  I got the children joining in with this bit. Repeating phrases in stories are great for interaction. Well all that thinking and digging saves the day, this is the part of the story where the children acted out the thinking and digging with their new claws. This story is definitely a firm favourite of mine and is great for creative literacy as you can interact with it easily and opens up the landscape and animals of Australia and the threat that they are under from forest fires.

There’s an Ouch in my Pouch – Wallaby Craft Activity

This week was the start of my regular creative storytelling sessions for this term. This half term I have a year one group and the our theme is going to be Australia. We are kicking off with wallabies.

There's an ouch in my PouchI had thought that most of the children would have known the storWallaby activityy There’s a Ouch in My Pouch by Jeanne Willis as it arrived in our house in one of the Bookstart packs but they didn’t seem to know it. In the story Willaby Wallaby does a lot of boinging around so I wanted to create a wallaby that moved. To ahieve this we used paper fasternet to join the limbs.


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The Snail and the Whale craft activity

Well we couldn’t go Under the Sea without this classic tale by Julia Donaldson now could we.

snail on the whale craft activityHow we made the snails

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