Inspiring Writing Through Drama, Movement and Music

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Talk for Writing

Each day begins with a whole school assembly: an introduction to bring children into the mindset of creativity and writing.

In the assembly we use stimuli from the worlds of music and art to help the children create a shared "Beginning" for our stories - consisting of a setting and a main character.

During the day each class, and later each child, will branch out from this shared Beginning of a story in their own directions. And by the end of our sessions they will be ready to to go back to class and write.

The children were engaged and given powerful stimuli to their imagination, aided by the workshop leader’s enthusiasm, energy and obvious interest in their ideas.
— Librarian, Loxford School, October 2014

Drama

We then move to class-by-class workshops which are differentiated for each year group. With each class we will work from the shared Beginning created in the assembly.

Our workshop leader will use drama to help the children create a conflict or challenge for our main character, and also to create a list of related vocabulary.

Working with the children in smaller groups more drama activities will help the children bring the story to their own narrative climax.

For younger children we will facilitate their completion of the story, and for older children the resolution of the story will be for them to complete individually.

Outcome

By the end of their class session each child will have created their own independent story though not yet written it down.  If age appropriate they will be ready to go back to their class to write it using words from the vocabulary.


What you need to know

Workshop leader: An accomplished, professional actor experienced in working with children

Schedule:  An assembly followed by six classes in a day.

We can optionally visit over several consecutive weeks and build on the children’s characters to create a performance at the end for the other children, parents or for recording. The children could use the time after the sessions for creative writing, diary entries and a review of the final production and experience at the end.

Education outcomes: Creative writing, responding to stimuli, imagination

Location: In your school hall