"I believe I have seen a genuine correlation between children involved in the ARTiculate workshops and target children making Age Related Expectation (ARE)...Every child benefited with progress, clearly evident in their school books."
Simon, Y4 Teacher, Leeds

"Raised pupil's writing by at least 1 sub-level - developed their ability to apply knowledge. Hopefully we will see ARTiculate in our school again!"
Andrew Howdle, Literacy Coordinator

"Very inspirational and creative - lots of new ideas to improve writing and unlock children's imaginations."
Nadia, Year 4 teacher


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

ARTiculate Bulletin 28.9.15: Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Book a free workshop.

This week's bulletin features creative ideas for Black Dog by Levi Pinfold. This spooky tale has lots of unnerving qualities: Victorian sepia photos, objects that seem to move around from picture to picture and , oh yeah, a huge slathering hound on the prowl. Perfect for murky autumnal weather. If you try any of the ideas I'd love to see the work your children produce.

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Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
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The sinister, murky tone of this book is ideal for gloomy, autumnal weather.  Buried deep in the snowy forest, a large beast is prowling around the house giving the Hope family the scare of their lives. But all is not as it seems in this spooky tale. Is it really a really a giant beast or is it just their imaginations?

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In brief: Have you tried?
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Ideas for talking and thinking: Discuss the concept of fear, develop a range of suitable vocabulary and incorporate it into your drama lessons.

Ideas for writing: A perfect opportunity for some grisly specifics describing the black dog and shaping it into a new retelling of the story.

Ideas for art: Use scratchy lines to draw frightening beasts and then frame them with a keyhole or chink in the curtains.  

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Book a FREE taster workshop for your school
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This half term I am offering FREE creative literacy taster workshops to primary schools in Leeds. If you want to get a slot for your school, email articulateeducation@gmail.com (or click here) and send me your details. Places are limited so please get in quick!

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Bulletin: subscribe and follow
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Enjoy!

Stefan

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Is your school ready for World Literacy Day 13th October 2015?

Hello!

World Literacy Day returns on 13th October as part of the World Education Games where children across the world will be celebrating language and literature. If your school is not ready for this global event, look no further.

ARTiculate’s creative literacy workshops have had a proven impact on developing children’s writing. Using drama, discussion and art to stimulate exciting thinking, learners big and small have been amazed by the outstanding artwork and superb progress in writing my workshops can deliver. No gimmicks – just innovative ideas taught well by a qualified and experienced primary school teacher.


For World Literacy Day, I have two exciting and engaging workshops to offer that include building birdcages, drawing with words and developing original ideas for writing that will get the children raring to go!

Workshop 1: The Birdman - poetry and birdcage building



Workshop 2: The Arrival - fiction and creative drawing


To request these workshop outlines in pdf format, please email me at articulateeducation@gmail.com

The bottom line...

These 4 session workshops are designed to run across the week of the World Education Games (12-16 October 2015). Each session lasts for 2 hours.  

Cost of workshop for group of 12 children: £400
Cost of workshop for full class: £500

The length and content of a workshop can be tailored for your school's needs and budget!

What next?

To enquire about this workshop or for booking details please email me at articulateeducation@gmail.com (or click here). 

Look forward to seeing you on World Literacy Day!


Stefan

Monday, 21 September 2015

ARTiculate Bulletin wc 21.9.15

This week's bulletin features creative ideas for In The Attic by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura. It is a real gem and the perfect basis for a whole class literacy and art project. If you try any of the ideas I'd love to see the work your children produce.

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In The Attic by Hiawyn Oram & Satoshi Kitamura
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The boy has a million toys and is bored. So, he takes himself off up the ladder to the attic and finds a hidden universe that is full of unexpected creatures, doors to new worlds and a wealth of imaginative possibility. Funnily enough, his house does not have an attic. But maybe you just haven't found the ladder yet.

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Ideas for talking and thinking: Demonstrate the power of imagination with nothing but a box of paperclips and maybe even show that Reception are cleverer than the headteacher in the process.

Ideas for writing: Create a series of very simple pieces of writing that can be pieced together to form a new story. This draws on Japanese traditional story-telling methods.

Ideas for art: Have children illustrating a Japanese paper theatre scene-show that they can present to the whole school!    

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Book a FREE taster workshop for your school
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This half term I am offering FREE creative literacy taster workshops to primary schools in Leeds. If you want to get a slot for your school, email articulateeducation@gmail.com (or click here) and send me your details. Places are limited so please get in quick!

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Bulletin: subscribe and follow
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Not on the mailing list? To join simply click here and send me a blank email with the word 'subscribe' as the subject.

Enjoy!

Stefan