"Stefan completely revolutionised my teaching of writing - not an understatement!"
Sarah, Deputy Head & Literacy Leader, Leeds

"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

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

Friday, 1 June 2018

ARTiculate newsletter: June 2018

Hello teachers!

Happy half term to you all. You’re nearly over the line! As you roll into that post-SATs-practising-sports-day-empty-out-your-trays time of year, there is no better time to experiment.

With that in mind, take your class for a magical browse in Ross MacKenzie’s brilliant The Nowhere Emporium, a place of secrets and wonders. Ideal for free-flowing creative writing for all of Key Stage 2 and the perfect starting point for some exciting art and drama.

Scroll down for details on how to use The Nowhere Emporium with your class.

Harris Burdick: the case file
Last month, as part of a CPD course for primary leaders, I lead a workshop on creative writing that explored Chris Van Allsburg’s intriguing picture book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. After discovering a mysterious letter by Chris Van Allsburg, teachers were asked to write part of a story linked to the Harris Burdick illustrations.

Their writing has been passed onto the relevant authorities and has been added to the case file of the disappearance of Harris Burdick which can be viewed below.

Where is Harris Burdick? Who has the illustrations now? What really did happen in Prague? And who is the man with the dachshund? Can you follow the paper-trail and uncover the real mystery of Harris Burdick?

Click on the picture below to find out...

If the video didn't load you can access it at: https://youtu.be/h_XE7yXcdQw

Staff really enjoyed this training and if you would like to book this or similar CPD for your school, please contact me at articulateeducation@gmail.com. Info on training courses I offer can be found at www.articulateeducation.co.uk/p/teacher-training

A book for your shelf: The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie
When Daniel Holmes hides from the local bully in the doorway of a newly appeared shop, he has no idea that he has stepped over a magical threshold. The Nowhere Emporium is the invention of magician Lucien Silver: part shop, part theme park, a place where wonders - amazing sights and experiences - appear at the stroke of a magician’s pen. Fascinated by the wonders of the Emporium, Daniel begins to discover his own magical potential and the places his imagination can take him to. But as Daniel quickly discovers, the world of magic can be a dangerous place.

This resource can be purchased from my e-shop on TES online (click here to access).
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Resource summary
•    Explore a real set of treasures at a local museum…
•    Engage in lateral thinking and consider where imaginative ideas come from…
•    Experiment with dance and music to interpret the wonders of The Nowhere Emporium…
•    Write your own book of wonders…
•    Design and build a snow-globe…

Ideas for other books and films ideal for creative literacy can be found in my e-shop, click here to visit my website.

How can I get Stefan to work with my school?
When schools approach me, these are usually the things they need to know. Click on what your school needs to visit my website and find out more.

#1 We need someone to show us how to inspire a class or year group about literacy and writing.
#2 We want a creative challenge for a high-flying group of children.
#3 We need a boost for a group of children who struggle with writing.
#4 We'd love someone to offer regular creative classes at our school.
#5 Our staff want training on how to plan better literacy topics.
#6 It is none of those things, but we’d like you to...

Why not drop me an email at articulateeducation@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy the last half term!