Re-wilding the Word: Outdoor story-crafting & creative writing workshop for children aged 11-14

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9 May 2017

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Our Re-wilding The Word Workshop offers pupils a fresh new perspective when it comes to experiencing literature and honing those all important literacy skills. An eclectic mix of sensory adventure, fireside folk tales and creative writing - this session employs an experiential approach to excite, inspire and breathe life into the learning! 

Each day / half day workshop is carefully tailored to engage all pupils at exactly the right level in order to have maximum and immediate impact. We can design programmes that cater for a wide range of needs, including Pupil Premium, Gifted & Talented, pupils working below their expected level and reluctant writers.  We recommend group size is between six to eight students and we contact you before the session to gather additional information about each student (such as their interests/anxieties regarding literacy, specific learning needs etc) to ensure we can personalise each tasks appropriately. 

Every one of our imaginative and invigorating activities incorporates the immediate environment; using strong sensory stimuli to spice up each task!

Depending on the length of the session and the requirements of the group, the students will create collaborative and independent pieces of writing. We will also provide additional resources and follow up tasks that teachers and parents can use if they wish. 

What can you expect to witness in the workshop?

...an exciting variety of energetic, interactive and experiential tasks that reinvigorate reading and writing and consequently improve our students' understanding of, and approach to, language and literature. Some examples are provided below and will vary depending on the ages of the students in the group:

 

Establishing our writing community and a sense of mutual support through the sharing of stories around the fire. Following this, using fire and flame as a starter for exploring literary techniques and methods of engaging readers.

Exploding vocabulary through the use of the senses. Students expand their range of nouns, adjectives,verbs and adverbs through practical interaction and sensory exploration of objects/creatures/smells etc in the world surrounding them. Experience has shown us that sound and smell-scapes also provoke powerful emotional responses because of the way our memory works and this is often cited as a favourite part of our workshop - encouraging pupils to add depth to their writing and colour their work with lively emotive subtext.

Encouraging pupils to develop their creative writing by discovering potential subjects/themes embedded within the environment around them. Students are encouraged to carry out explorations in novel and creative ways such as leopard crawling through an area with a magnifying glass! This is also a great opportunity to explore the 'immediacy of the moment' in writing and experiment with tense.

Expressing thoughts, feelings and emotions in writing. These activities usually combine the oral tradition of storytelling with drama. Our Wild of the Word way is to observe creatures living in the immediate environment and explore the concept of empathy through an understanding of their world. Dramatising this new knowledge and then transferring this to paper is just the beginning of the fun!

Engaging with accuracy by presenting slightly wilder and more creative methods of proof reading, providing constructive feedback and supporting students as they edit their work. Examples would be our mudboard for experimental spelling, grass stain highlighters and our  'make it weirder and wilder' critical partner pairs.


Benefits to students

The air is a great deal fresher outside!
Significantly boosts language and literacy skills
Improves confidence as they take part in exciting exercises and share new experiences with fellow pupils
Challenges students to stretch their imagination to explore different possibilities
Enriches students towards a more creative mind set
Explores and expands on drama, poetry and prose; sparking an interest in literature and developing their own skills in this area

Testimonies

'Interesting and fun’ - Beth, YR7

 'Very cool!' – 10/10! - Matt, YR7

'Very enjoyable, unique and lots of fun!’ - Quinn, YR7

Pricing

Our workshops vary in cost, so we'll need a little more information eg, numbers of young people you wish to take part, location/postcode and the type of workshop you are interested in.  Give us a call to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Contact details

Call Pridie on 07743815942, or pop us a message at www.facebook.com/thewildofthewords/

 

A little more about our founder...

Hi! I'm Pridie and I established The Wild of the the Words earlier this year. I'm the proud owner of two energetic young children, one crazy dog, far too many books, an inordinate amount of outdoor adventure gear, a mad inventor husband and a little blue VW camper van. 

So, as you can imagine - our world gets quite wild before we've even had breakfast:)

I've taught English for over fourteen years now and the one absolute and unshakeable truth that those years in education have taught me is that kids excel through engagement; if you can fire up their imagination then they'll fly in your subject. For me, this has always meant stepping away from traditional teaching strategies and embracing alternative learning environments - my favourite being the weird-er, wild-er world that begins just beyond the window. My firm belief in the superiority of experiential learning over learning confined to the classroom, has led me to continually seek and develop methods of teaching that rekindle curiosity and creativity in students; boosting their confidence in the subject and sharpening their skills without them even realising - because they're having too much fun!

My background:

I studied English Literature and Philosophy at university - a truly crazy combination but one that certainly inspired me to explore the world in the way I do now! Following this, I trained to become a secondary school teacher of English and now have fourteen years classroom experience teaching English Language and English Literature to Key Stage 3, 4 (GCSE) and 5 (A Level). While teaching I had the opportunity to take on some really interesting and rewarding roles including Head of Subject and Head of Year. I'm fascinated by the process of teaching and learning and really enjoy coaching and consulting with both colleagues and professionals outside the educational establishment in innovative and effective strategies. I'm also very interested in the development of education internationally and my work in Uganda over the last twelve years continues to provide me with incredibly humbling and constantly rewarding experiences. As well as classroom teaching, I also privately tutor students across the key stages, deliver outdoor adventurous training (which keeps the mountain monster in me satisfied) and enjoy volunteering for NGOs wherever possible! 

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