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Share via Email Creative curriculum: Tom Finnie As a creative school, with a track record in fantastic English resultswe are often asked what our specific approach is: I'd like to share some of these approaches with you: Immersion activities How can children access stories, poems and other texts if their minds and imaginations not fully engaged?
We have found that immersing children in a range of creative activities before reading the text means that they are fully prepared, and excited, about the reading journey ahead of them.
Through painting, music composition, a film project, in role drama or sculpture, the kids have had a chance to share vocabulary, ideas and concepts which gives their reading fresh meaning and purpose. Clear purpose What's the point of reading and writing anything if you don't know why you're doing it?
We aim to provide children with a clear purpose to all reading, and especially writing tasks. Whether it's an invitation to the headteacher to attend a class assembly, an email to an author or an article for a school newspaper, our children know why the quality of their writing matters: Professional publishing One effective way of valuing children's work as well as providing a real incentive, is to plan for a range of ways to publish their writing.
Recent examples include a whole school bookmaking project. Following a whole school Inset on bookbinding techniques, every class published their own shared book; one example being an anthology of short spooky stories composed by year 6.
Their stories were mounted on handmade paper, accompanied with each child's art work lino cut style prints on metallic paper with a dramatic paper cut out front cover. The effort the children put into their work was immense, and the results were stunning as a result. The anthology has been enjoyed by parents and other pupils and the children's pride in their work is clear to see.
Meaningful planning Where possible, learning in English is linked with subjects within the creative curriculum we follow: Well in advance of teaching, teachers collaborate and share their ideas for planning through a mind mapping process.
Meaningful, creative activities are planned for, ensuring that all staff members know exactly what the children will be learning and why. Focused on strategies The teaching of reading is not easy.
As children's fluency in reading increases, it's hard to know what reading skills need to be taught, and when. We ensure that specific reading strategies are modelled explicitly to the class; this provides children with a holistic bank of skills to draw upon.
This could include scanning a text, making an inference, predicting or creating a mental image. Our teachers use 'think aloud' statements to model to the children how these skills are used, and how they can help them become better readers.
These strategies are then shared as a class, and then assessed in follow up guided reading activities.
Inspirational learning environment Take a trip to our school and you'll find classroom environments that inspire adults and children alike.
Not only is the children's work displayed creatively, but there is a range of learning prompts to inspire and support all pupils. We want to encourage our children to discover new texts, genres and authors, so our reading areas are inviting, well resourced and highly organised.
Pupils can choose from an exciting array of reading material: Drama to engage and inspire The use of drama is such a powerful tool. Taking the lead from our drama specialist, all teaching staff use a range of techniques to promote the exploration of characters, situations and historical events.
This process expands the pupils' imaginations, and provides them with the ideas they need to give their writing that extra spark and flair. Rigorous teaching of spelling and phonics In the infants, phonics is streamed, so all children can benefit from tailored teaching, making maximum progress as a result.
All phonics and spelling activities are fun, multi sensory and as physical possible, the aim being to meet all learning styles in the class. In the juniors, we try to make homework lists as personalised to the child as possible to ensure that the spelling patterns stick in a meaningful way.
Grammar concepts taught creatively Grammar cannot be taught as a stand alone activity.
What's the point of that? Children begin to understand grammar concepts, and start to apply them in their own writing, when they start to read with a writer's mind. Punctuation rules and techniques are drawn from shared texts; texts which the children have already been immersed in and have a good understanding of.
Exploring these, and embedding them creatively is how the learning takes place.A belief in the value of creative writing in English for teachers as well as for students.
A belief in the ability of teachers in the region to produce their own English teaching materials. A belief that these materials will provide useful input for promoting reading (and other activities) in English.
I was lucky to have had great creative writing teachers when I was in high school. They were very passionate about literature, and because of them I continued to pursue creative writing.
Those teachers also impacted me because of the great creative writing activities they used to allow the. Writing Prompt Worksheets. First Grade Creative Writing Prompts. Second Grade Creative Writing Prompts. Third Grade Creative Writing Prompts.
Fourth Grade Creative Writing Prompts. Grade 1 Narrative Writing. Grade 4 Writing Assignments. Grade 5 Writing Prompts and Activities. Second Grade Writing First Trimester Creative writing —journal writing, holiday writing, picture prompt writing, etc.
Journal writing—may or may not be combined with creative writing—can be used for writing process and sequencing, revision, and other style lessons.
Free Creative Writing Worksheets. This section of our web site features over creative writing activities for young people.
These printable classroom materials include thank you notes, blank themed writing paper, poetry activities, and more. Help your 8th-grade students perfect their writing skills, with our most popular creative writing printables. These activities and worksheets are fun way for students to learn and grow.
We have plenty of poetry and short-story activities for them to enjoy, plus many other types of lessons!