‘Ah … poetry at last!’
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: Sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 9.30 am to 11.00 am at the Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, with the occasional double. Places are limited to twenty children at a cost of £20.00 per child, per course.
Self-Development: When children move onto secondary school they have the opportunity to come back to work as Young Mentors and then at college they can come in to work as Volunteers which helps with the volunteering category of such schemes as the Duke of Edinburgh.
Who We Are: Run by course leader Sarah Lucas – writer, publisher, workshop provider and language tutor, the courses are held during term-time avoiding half-term holiday weekends where possible. Now in its sixth year, Pen to Paper has put in a further bid for 2020/2021 from the National Lottery’s Community Fund and is waiting to hear. In the meantime it runs on monies from local businesses and private individuals.
Where to Find Information: Contact Sarah on 01420 587351 or at email@example.com for more details, including to request a copy of the course booklet which contains:
- the aims of each course
- full terms and conditions
- Safeguarding Policy
- Child Protection Policy Statement
- Certificate of Public Liability Insurance, and
- directions to the Maltings.
An Application Form and list of testimonials is also available upon request.
When’s the Next Course?: Course 33, Fabulous Flying!, began on January 4th. We are looking at paper aeroplanes, rockets, gymnastics, making owls fly across the room – anything to do with air flight. There’ll be the ever-popular script-writing, diary entries (has an owl ever written a diary entry?), story-making and a little bit of funky grammar.
Celebration of the Children’s Work: At the end of each school year, if we have adequate funding, we publish a bonkers book celebrating the children’s writing and illustrative work. The product of each course, the writing undergoes serious editing by the children themselves as well as our guest editor, Christopher Sparkes, and the children decide on the layout and run of the book, as well as the jacket design. Want to Get Involved? Like the idea of volunteering at a fun and lively event for children aged 7-11? If you do, get in touch for a chat. We are currently looking for two college volunteers for 2020. Contact me if you are interested and to see if you can be part of our story (DBS checks apply if you are 16 and over).
Pen to Paper, 01420 587351, firstname.lastname@example.org