Welcome back to all our pentopaperers and volunteers for the June/July 2021 Course 39. It’s all about HATS! We’re going to make hats, make stories in hats, write playscripts to do with hats, act them out, wear them and do some work on talking and sorting hats. We will be going a little hat-mad!
We’ll see where the topic takes us but hope to include opportunities for fantasy, fiction and non-fiction writing, as well as poetry, with more than a little bit of adventure and melodrama thrown in.
Work has already begun on the fifth Bonkers Book which will celebrate work from February 29th, 2020 onwards. A big THANK YOU to Josh and Niamh for beginning the massive task of sifting through the children’s work during lockdown and a big WELCOME to Harriet who joined us recently. Charger, who has been with us for several years, more recently as a volunteer, continues to look after her table of cat-mad pentopaperers. At least cat rhymes with … you got it … HAT! It’s a fantastic opportunity to get writing poems …
We have a waiting list of children who would like to join but please do contact us. We will try to accommodate everyone and there will be more flexibility once Covid restrictions have been lifted …
… and don’t forget that video number 2 is coming soon!
What We Do: At Pen to Paper we teach literacy skills in a fun and interactive way, in a friendly and supportive environment. We use a wide variety of fun activities, tasks and games to help children aged 7-11 to develop creative writing skills, explore their imaginations, creative thinking skills and self-expression. A strong emphasis is put on developing social skills, making friendships, and building self-confidence and self-esteem.
Working alongside the school curriculum to support and complement academic learning, we operate in an informal and non-pressured setting.
When and Where: Courses run on Saturday mornings from 9.30 am to 11.00 am at the Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, with the occasional double. Places are strictly limited at a cost of £20.00 per child, per six-week course.
Self-Development: When children move onto secondary school they have the opportunity to come back to work as Young Mentors and then at sixth form/college they can come in to work as Volunteers which helps with the volunteering category of such schemes as the Duke of Edinburgh. Do get in touch if you would like to volunteer. We are currently looking for one college volunteer for March 2021 onwards (Enhanced DBS check an essential) for a three-, six- or twelve-month commitment.
Who We Are: Run by course leader Sarah Lucas – writer, publisher, workshop provider and language tutor – courses are held during term-time avoiding half-term holiday weekends where possible. Now in its seventh year, Pen to Paper has been successful in its bid for funds to cover the school year 2020-2021 from the National Lottery’s Community Fund.
Where to Find Information: Contact Sarah on 01420 587351 or at email@example.com for more details.
Want to talk to us about your child’s literacy needs? We look forward to hearing.
Pen to Paper, 07500 359308, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Dear Sarah, I just wanted to drop this and say thank you so much for this year. Doing my Gold Dofe Volunteering with Pen2Paper has been amazing – it is an amazing organisation with such lovely and creative children making the experience so rewarding . It has also been amazing for me as it contributes wonderfully to the degree I want to take at university (I want to do English Literature). Thank you especially for finding a way for me to continue volunteering whilst being in lockdown as it’s been a massive help to my award … “
Niamh, volunteer from Alton College 2020