You are busy planning next term’s topic and you really want to kick off with a ‘WOW’ moment something to really get the children inspired. The light bulb goes on, you have the brilliant idea of having a visitor into school. Oh but then you realise you don’t have the budget.
Don’t worry we have some ideas to help you raise funds and literacy at the same time. Continue reading →
Words are very powerful things. They can convey our feelings, describe a scene, or tell a story. They can give us factual information or give us pleasure by reading a story or listening to a song. We are frequently encouraged to read for pleasure so why are children not encouraged to write for pleasure?
I find writing for pleasure relaxing and lots of fun. There is nothing better than sitting down with a notebook and pen and letting your imagination run riot. It’s something that we should definitely do more of. It’s also something that the new Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child is a big supporter of as she strongly believes that children should have much more time to sit down and let their imaginations wander and we couldn’t agree with her more!
In case you didn’t know today is National Writing Day and we thought we would come up with a little writing prompt for you in case you’re wondering what to do.
Pojo’s chest of dreams only grants wishes to those who had been good, but what would be in your chest of dreams and what stories would it tell?
We are always on the look out for great stories and would love to hear yours.
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.