Poetry Workshops for Nursery to Yr 7
Photos from workshops at schools – Bishop Cornish Pri. (1st & 3rd), Casllwchwr Pri. (2nd), Fawley Infs. (4th), spring 17/autumn 16.
Recent feedback (written):
All the poems were great and children felt inspired to write.
Backwell Junior School, N. Somerset, November ’16.
Thank you very much for the event today, the girls came back very excited and enthusiastic about it! Member of staff from Ernesettle Community School, accompanying pupils at my Able Writers’ Day at Bishop Cornish Primary School, Saltash, October ’16.
The children had a fabulous time and produced some lovely poetry – thank you for coming and working with us.
Literacy Coordinator, Perivale Primary School, London.
Your workshops were fun, interactive, inspirational and differentiated for the different age groups.
Head of English, Cameron House School, Chelsea.
You inspired and developed our children today…
St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School, Swansea.
The feedback from both children and staff has been fantastic. Johnston Primary School, Pembrokeshire.
Thank you so much for your brilliant sessions! All of the children are still talking about it and using the words from their sea song… It was fantastic! Leagrave Primary School, Luton.
Please see end page for comments from children.
Topic choices for summer ’17:
Sea & Sand ~ Insects ~ Sun & Storm ~ Nonsense verse (KS2/3 only) ~
I provide workshops for children of all ages and abilities across England and Wales, firing imagination, stretching language skills and spurring poetic creativity. My sessions are brisk, fun, interactive and thought-provoking, building ideas, confidence and zest through assorted activities, including acting out and (for younger) singing with ukulele, before writing. Everyone is invited to read out from their poems and all receive praise.
Aim – to help children discover the fun, fascination and freedom of poetry-writing.
Focus – expressive, imaginative language, poetic styles and techniques; adventure.
Fun – I provide pictures, acting-out activities, language-building challenges, support poems, and song with ukulele (KS1). Pace, excitement and humour keep everyone on board.
Length of sessions – Juniors upwards: 60-75 mins. , Infants: 30-60 mins. , Nursery: 25 mins. max. In addition, double sessions or whole day workshops are available at KS2/3 levels.
Poetry Frames – I offer home-made, graded frames as springboards to independent writing, as applicable.
Group size – Juniors: 70 max. Infants: class size.
Fees vary according to distance from home, though I keep them as low as possible by seeking out the cheapest travel and accommodation options. Please contact me or check the latest e-flyer for current rate for your school.
To book a workshop:
To make a booking or ask a question, please contact me by email or phone:
Phone: 01446 760124; mobile: 07913 690390.
If you’ve found me via Authors Abroad or The Poetry Society, fees will be different. Please contact them directly for fee information.
I’ve been providing poetry workshops for children and teens across England and Wales since 2001, with well over 1,000 school visits to date. I work with children of all abilities and backgrounds, including able writers’ groups, ‘literacy classes’, and youngsters in pupil referral units.
Recognition as a poet for schools:
Included on The Poetry Society’s list of recommended Poets in Education; represented by Authors Abroad and Literature Wales; tutor for the Able Writers’ Scheme in England, and for Young Writers’ Squads in Wales; The Poetry Library provide a link to my site on their Kids’ Zone page; contributor to National Curriculum support material.
(Photo: KS1 writers, Fairfield Primary School, Vale of Glamorgan.)
What the children say…
I’m seriously enjoying this.
A Yr 3/4 pupil, Trallwn Primary School, Swansea.
That was amazing.
Charlotte, Year 6 (as reported back to me by Head), Maendy Primary.
That was such a fun lesson!
Adam, Year 7, Rhymney Comprehensive.
The lesson was very exciting. I liked it when we got to write about the jungle. I would really like to do it again.
Simeon, Ysgol Pont Sion Norton, Pontypridd.
I loved that, and I hate poetry!
Year 6 boy in a primary school in Wiltshire.
Links to write-ups on school websites
Link to A write-up + photo by Rydal Penrhos School, Colwyn Bay.