On the value of blogging.

I'm gratified by the number of likes, comments and visits I received to my Not Quite a Post post!  It just goes to show that, when you've said you're on a blogging schedule (in 2014 I've been trying to post at least once a week, usually on a Sunday) it's worth plonking your bottom down … Continue reading On the value of blogging.

Beyond the Ning Nang Nong.

Sharing your poetry books with children. Children seem very open to writing, reading and talking about poetry.   I've never heard a child say, as I've heard plenty of adults say, "Oh, I don't really get poetry." I've mentioned before that, since they were 11 and 12 (they're now 13 and 14), I've taken my own children … Continue reading Beyond the Ning Nang Nong.

Poetry at Clarendon College

  You may remember from previous posts here and here, that I have been working with a group of talented Year 9 writers at Clarendon College, Trowbridge who wrote some terrific poems to commemorate the visit of the Olympic Torch Relay to their school. The poems formed one part of the school's contribution to The People's … Continue reading Poetry at Clarendon College

Young Writers Publish Olympic Torch Relay Poems

Yesterday was my final two hour session with the group of Year 9 students from Clarendon College, Trowbridge who are writing poems to commemorate the visit of the Olympic Torch Relay to their school.  The hard slog was done by the young writers as they shaped their rough drafts and ideas into poems to be … Continue reading Young Writers Publish Olympic Torch Relay Poems

Writing Poetry to Commemorate the Olympic Torch Relay

This morning I worked with seven Year 9 students (aged 13 and 14) from The Clarendon College, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, who are writing poems to commemorate the visit of the Olympic Torch Relay to their school.  The poems will be included in the Wiltshire 2012 Festival of Celebration at Hudsons Field, Salisbury on 11th July and … Continue reading Writing Poetry to Commemorate the Olympic Torch Relay

Writer in School: I sat in the quiet classroom and I heard……

This was a writing workshop with 90 children, split into three mixed-age groups, half Year 6 (10 and 11 year olds) and half Year 1 (5 and 6 year olds).  The theme of the workshop was 'listening' and the children started by writing continuously for about three minutes, listing all the sounds they could hear … Continue reading Writer in School: I sat in the quiet classroom and I heard……

Writer in school: My School Jumper – a writing exercise using all five senses

June 2011 This writing exercise worked well with mixed aged children (5 and 6 year olds with 9 and 10 year olds).  Older children supported the younger ones ('Shall I start that off for you?'  'Shall I write that for you?'), younger children often had a wider variety of ideas! We started by talking about … Continue reading Writer in school: My School Jumper – a writing exercise using all five senses