‘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 is currently funded by the National Lottery’s Community Fund, and many local businesses and individuals.
Where to Find Information: Contact Sarah on 01420 587351 or at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 32, Magical Myths and Lively Legends, began on November 9th, with factual research and fictional writing as well as model-based writing. The children will be designing their own magical creatures and weapons and there will be a chance for script-writing, adventure stories with a Ninja or two thrown in – apparently. It’s a fantastic topic to let your child’s imagination wander where perhaps they have yet to go. Course 33 begins on January 4th, 2020. Bookings are NOW open.
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 and the children decide on the layout and run of the book, as well as the jacket design. The poetry special, published at a fun book launch on May 18th this year, also included fun comic strips and Mr. Men and Little Miss stories.
P2P Summer Writing Challenge: We are delighted to announce that Rayyan Piper from Otterbourne CE Primary School has been awarded first prize. Congratulations to Rayyan 🙂 His clever story, Healing Ice Pack, wowed all the judges with its sparkly idea of 7-year old Henry taking part in Professor Noel Fishpack’s Young Supervet Contest. See below for the winning entry. 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 one college volunteer. 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, email@example.com