Wild & Wiggly Words: Outdoor story-crafting & creative writing workshops for children aged 5-10

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15 Mar 2017

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Our Wild and Wiggly Word Workshop combines vivid sensory experience with the learning of literacy skills to enhance vocabulary and develop reading and writing at both sentence and text level. 

Each day / half day workshop is carefully tailored to engage 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.  

Every one of our imaginative and invigorating activities incorporates the immediate environment; using strong sensory stimuli to breathe life into the learning!

Depending on the length of the session and the requirements of the group, the children 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 literacy! Some examples are provided below...

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 of their environment in novel and creative ways such as  leopard crawling through an area with a magnifying glass!

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.

Gathering graphemes. These activites can range from having fun spotting the alphabet growing within the environment around them to the complicated business of creating the perfect cursive leaf lettering!   

Expressing thoughts, feelings and emotions in writing. These activities usually combine the oral tradition of storytelling with drama. Our wild and wiggly 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!


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
  • Introduces and expands on drama, poetry and prose; sparking an interest in literature and developing their own skills in this area

 

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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