Children watched Akram Khan’s opening ceremony piece from London 2012. They watched the dance twice and wrote words and ideas on large sugar paper. Children then circled all the words they had written which demonstrated emotional attachment to the dance they had seen and mapped an emotion arc. They then
Inspiration for Teachers
In the programme, participating teachers shared their own narratives and evaluations of how they were able to use creative activities in the classroom to promote children’s writing.
Here we present a selection of these narratives, to inspire other teachers to use arts and culture in their own writing lessons.
Inspirations can be searched for or filtered by Key Stage, Artform, Writing Output or a combination of any of these.
Working with the topic ‘Anything is Possible’ and looking at Olympians in upper KS2 the teacher decided to use the marathon as a stimulus, to fit with wider themes of perseverance and determination. The teacher worked with the children on the qualities required by marathon runners and showed children a
Children were asked to work with partners to creatively draw a mythical creature of their choice. The outcome of these sketches was inspiring and the children had used their previous knowledge of mythical characters to design their character well. Using art allowed the children to express their own thoughts well and allowed the
Children in a Year One class were learning about Explorers so a two-week unit of story writing using the Planets Music by Gustav Holst was planned. The children were amazed by the music at the start of the unit and listened to it lots of times so that they had the opportunity to share their ideas. The week
In this work, the teacher wanted to link visual arts with geography, in a way that also connected to the overall class theme of ‘An English Country Garden’. Children created their own ‘secret garden’ map using ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett as a model text for the children to take
Children heard three snippets of sound and guessed what the sounds could be. This was done through drawing, key words and sentences. Then children were shown a short film clip and asked to imagine details about the characters. Discussions about camera angles with focus on long shots and close ups
As the topic was Africa the film Zahra – which has no speech – was chosen. In the first lesson, the teacher played the whole film with just music and did not show them the screen. Once children had listened to the sounds twice they had to draw what they thought they could hear.