How do you feel about writing? When we are working with teachers, it is likely that they will begin by expressing their feelings about it -doubt, fear, lack of confidence; the sense that it is difficult; the sense that it is daunting, that they can’t write, that it is too exposing, that it is too … Continue reading To Write Is a Feeling
We believe that the teaching of writing is significantly strengthened if teachers write for themselves and with others. In writing for ourselves we make discoveries about what we can and cannot do, how writing works for us, how we get ourselves out of scrapes and into things that matter to us. And we find ways … Continue reading
I stumbled across this delicious book whilst tidying my bookshelves and it reminded me of two projects my school worked on last year - an exhibition of portraits with artist Katy Bentall in February and a summer exhibition about plastic in the sea in conjunction with artist Alice Finbow. It seems that last year was … Continue reading Faces
Today you can make the easiest book in the world! These lovely little notebooks are perfect for stashing favourite words or sketching the first signs of spring. All you need is an elastic band (mine are fancy colours, any will do, but preferably a good chunky one), a piece of cardboard - any size but … Continue reading Paper and elastic bands
…is really straightforward. The answer to most questions is: “It is up to you.” It will depend on your circumstances and your preferences. You can do it alone, but it is good to share the load with someone else. Above all, a writing club should be a free space, where children may find what they … Continue reading Setting up a Writing Club…
Well, this is why we did it... Two years ago, we started a writing club for ages 4 – 11 at our school. We wanted to give children a chance to express themselves, play with words and see themselves as writers. Our club has helped to grow a writing culture across the school where children’s … Continue reading Why Start a Writing Club?