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Creative CPD Workshop with Michael Rosen

Please join us for a special workshop led by the renowned author, Michael Rosen, our ‘poet in residence’ at Historyworks. In this invaluable session, Michael will share his knowledge and experience for reading and writing both prose and poetry, and will introduce methods for supporting students of primary and lower secondary school age, followed by Q&A session.

In this CPD workshop, author Michael Rosen & public historian Helen Weinstein, will introduce teachers to ways of supporting students to improve their reading and writing of both poetry and prose. Historyworks has made a huge number of free resources with Michael Rosen for Cambridgeshire schools, which we will showcase at the event. All participants will receive two signed books from Michael Rosen, the latter recently published, aimed at primary and early secondary school teachers. Teachers will be taken through Michael’s guidance about how students can be encouraged to embrace reading and also improve the content of their writing by evaluating their narrative ingredients using his top tips. Helen Weinstein will showcase a variety of resources including history stories, walking trails, poetry and songs which have been devised by Michael Rosen and Historyworks, for teachers to use both inside and outside the classroom, to enhance learning across the curriculum. The main aim at the end of a long school day will be to inspire teachers, share practical tips and free resources, have fun with words in poetry and prose, and also eat chocolate cake together!

Time: 4pm Chocolate Cake social followed by 4.30pm/6pm Workshop with

Michael Rosen and Helen Weinstein, supported by Historyworks.

Tickets: £10 Teaching & Education Professionals. Fee covers refreshments

plus two books: “What Is Poetry?” and “Poetry and Stories for Primary and

Lower Secondary Schools” or £1 (ADMISSION ONLY)

Booking essential via Eventbrite

Michael Rosen’s Workshop 7th March 2018

Historyworks
Michael Rosen workshop partners

 

APPLY NOW for Year 5 live audience places at The Big Read & Write 2018

On Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 1pm children across Cambridgeshire will be able to watch
The Big Read & Write – either live in the audience or via the webcast. Jo Cotterill, author of A Library of Lemons will be delivering a live and interactive session to explore this year’s theme of EMPATHY (in conjunction with EMPATHYLAB) and to encourage the children’s enjoyment of reading and writing. As part of the event Jo will launch a countywide story writing competition for all Year 5 children.

Click here to complete the online application form. Alternatively email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk to request a form.

The Big Read & Write 2018 Poster

The Big Read & Write

Cambridgeshire’s annual literacy initiative for Year 5 children. Our next event takes place on Wednesday 25th March 2020. Schools from across the county are invited to bring classes to the live event at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge OR join us via the live WEBCAST.

For 2020 our theme is ‘Precious Planet’ and featured author is Sita Brahamachari and her book ‘Where the river runs gold’.

Schools will be invited at the end of November 2019 to apply for places in the live audience or to subscribe to the live webcast. All participating schools, whether attending in person or connecting remotely will benefit from a dedicated teacher resource pack. Advance expressions of interest are welcomed – please email our Project Manager Suzie Young .

On the day Sita will be reading from her book, sharing storytelling tips and launching a county-wide story writing competition for all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children. The competition offers great prizes for the winning author and their school!

in collaboration with Empathy Lab
Big Read and Write 2020 with Sita Brahamachari

 

This fantastic initiative encourages children’s love of the written word and is a collaborative project between The Kite TSA Cambridge, Cambridge Literary Festival and Cambridgeshire County Council and Empathy Lab.  We’re particularly excited to be continuing our collaboration with Empathy Lab who’s work with schools is underpinned by research showing that relating imaginatively to book characters builds real-life empathy skills.

In 2015 the first ever Big Read & Write enabled Key Stage 2 children from across Cambridgeshire to hear from and be inspired by Francesca Simon, author of the hugely popular “Horrid Henry” series of books. In 2016 our featured author Chris Priestley helped Year 5 children to see how they could use their imagination to develop creepy scenes, settings and characters for their very own stories of suspense. In 2018 we began our new chapter with Empathy Lab and featured Jo Cotterill and her book Library of Lemons.

As ever, we will continue to create a wonderful storytelling relay at the Big Read at The Big Weekend in July 2020.  

Don’t forget to follow @bigreadandwrite on twitter to keep up with the latest Big Read and Write news!

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