A Month of Writing Adventure will excite the most reluctant writers
“I have noticed a greater confidence in expressing ideas and using their imagination, especially in those children who were hard to engage; boys in particular.”
Year 6 Teacher
A Month of Writing Adventure supports literacy across KS2 by:
Watch the introduction to the programme and the Story Moles
“The whole class engaged; all abilities. The children found the sessions fun. They loved the characters and found the illustrations particularly engaging”
Year 6 teacher
Each day, for 20 days, the children will complete a short task, which builds into a story, using games, questions, and maps. And at weekends, there are word-searches, crosswords and word games to stretch the children’s vocabulary.
The programme will work across most ability levels at KS2 so that all children can participate at their own level. And the great thing is, there is no right or wrong way to do the daily tasks. And strictly no marking! This is the children’s space to explore ideas and try things out, and they can’t get it wrong!
- By combining story structure with creative skills, this 80-page full colour book is an inspiring combination of a teaching guide and a creative notebook.
- With lively illustrations, tasks and prompts and plenty of space to write and draw, The Story Moles will spark the children’s curiosity and let their imagination run riot on the page
- The series of daily tasks are outlined in 21 short videos which are designed to excite and inspire the children to write and draw
- Each day, there is also a downloadable PDF of that day’s tasks from the book. And at weekends, there are puzzles, facts and word games to keep the children interested
“Many children have had a go when previously they would play it safe. All the children were happy to join in. All the children loved the fact that they had freedom and they couldn’t do anything wrong!“
Year 5 teacher
ADDITIONAL OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN
- Creativity can provide an anchor for children’s wellbeing in a world which is sometimes chaotic and often baffling.
- Children from the poorest backgrounds make two years less progress in school than their peers from wealthier backgrounds; by developing writing fluency and stamina, this programme will help close the attainment gap
- By transforming writing from a chore to a joy, children will cope better with a literacy-based curriculum throughout their school career
- This programme promotes writing fluency and stamina through a set of key creative tools: using imagination, asking questions, making connections, problem solving, reflection and resilience. Embedding this set of creative tools will promote a growth mindset and improve life chances for all children
“The curiosity of the children was engaged by the programme as they found the characters they developed, very engaging. Some of our less confident writers have come on and it was great to see them engaged.”
Year 5 teacher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anita Belli is a compulsive writer and creative tutor, who caught the writing habit as a child and has spent a lifetime trying to get other people hooked. She has published five novels of 20th Century Historical Fiction, and Contemporary Romance as well as four books about writing. She was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Selfies award at London Book Festival with her latest novel. Her sixth novel is scheduled for publication 2021.Anita also works with local communities, writers and non-writers, to encourage more people to tell their own story in their own way, and to publish their work; whether it is memoir, fiction or poetry, for pleasure, or publication.
She is a co-director of The Novel Makers and writer.support offering support services to authors.
Read The Stories Behind the Stories on Anita’s Blog here: https://anitabellibooks2020.wordpress.com
View online school here: https://writersupportschool.teachable.com/
All books available on Amazon here
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Illustrator Charlotte Cleveland has always loved drawing and being generally creative, like her heroes Quentin Blake, Oliver Jeffers and many more.
Charlotte completed a foundation course in Art and Design, specialising in illustration, whilst working as a children’s nanny and went on to specialise in children’s illustration with the London Art College. Through this, she began to illustrate for The Music House for Children in West London and then The Angels & Urchins magazine.
She lives in Colchester, Essex, and grew up in Manningtree on the River Stour, very close to Constable Country. By day she works with rescue animals.
Contact Charlotte here
“The children have used exciting and interesting settings, some interesting vocabulary and all their ideas were different and showed different personalities.”
LSA Year 6