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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. As our last event in 2018, schools from across the county were invited to bring classes to the live event at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge OR join us via the live WEBCAST. The Big Read and Write welcomed Jo Cotterill, author of A Library of Lemons as the 2018 featured author.  Jo explored the concept of Empathy (our theme for 2018), sharing her storytelling tips and also launched a county-wide story writing competition for all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children with a great prize for the winning author and their school!

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. New to the collaboration for 2018 is Empathy Lab who’s work with schools is underpinned by research showing that relating imaginatively to book characters builds real-life empathy skills. To find out when the next Big Read and Write event will be email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk the-big-read-and-write-2018_postcard

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.

As ever, we will continue to create a wonderful storytelling relay at the Big Read at The Big Weekend in July 2019.  

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

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