Dust on the Mirror Exhibition and Creative Writing -
This was our first exhibition. We explored the problem of ‘blank page’ sydrome, generating ideas from abstract images and video films, using poetry as a medium to build confident writers and storytellers, from Year 2 upwards.
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This slide show demonstrates how the gallery visit can be the heart of a programme of work with a writer, developing both the children’s voices and skills as writers through visual and kinaesthetic activities. Thanks to the staff and children of Year 5 Mellers Primary School! We worked with and extended the Talk for Writing process to develop the children’s understanding of and confidence with narrative structures.
Hello followers! My name is Laura and I am one of two students from Nottingham Trent University on work placement with Peter at the Lakeside! Myself and fellow student Ruth have been working every tuesday over the past five weeks providing help and support to the creative workshops surrounding the Home and Abroad Exhibition. As well as this we have been expanding our own knowledge by learning from others how to create and run a successful, creative, academic and enjoyable day for the children. It has all been very exciting and I was amazed by the variation and imagination of stories that resulted from the gallery exercises and the creative workshop. One day in particular the drawings the children were producing all seemed to possess a volcano of some kind. I asked one of the boys in the class if he had been studying it at school and his reply was; ‘No. There is a big volcano on the news.’ It was amazing to see how many children were influenced by the things they had seen on television! Today is my last day working on these workshops at the Lakeside and overall it has been such good fun and I have enjoyed every minute of it! To see the chidren’s stories come to live through visuals which they can use as a guide to help them write their stories has a great sense of achievement to it, of which I have been greatful to be a part of!
The children responded to the digital media by creating their own images of the exhibition on the computer…
As you can see I got quite fit ‘rowing’ children round the digital environment…they loved rowing as well!
I was in Berridge Infants before half term and saw this great display Helen had created with the Year 1 children who had come to work in The Visitor Exhibition….it really captured the mood of the istallations, which all had a pwerful effect on the children
Thanks Emily for your contribution today! And to Laura and Ruth on placement from NTU Theatre Design for their contributions as well. It does seem the maps are proving as really useful stimulus for creative writing and speaking. Peter
Today was my first day leading the first part of our maps workshop based on the Home and Abroad exhibition. The Yr 6 pupils from Dunkirk were a delight, sharing lots of their wonderful ideas and inspirations from maps. At the end when Peter was trying to get everyone’s attention the teacher reassured us it was a good thing that we couldn’t get all of them to put their pencils down and stop writing!
Hopefully we can upload some of their stories soon…watch this space! - Emily