Pupils from Highfields School Newark, Colston Bassett Prep School, Hallaton Primary School and Church Langton Primary School joined our Lower One pupils in Oakham School Library for a day of writing workshops with author Chris White as part of the Able Writers’ Programme.
Chris White is a highly regarded fiction writer, performance poet and illustrator and has written many books and poems such as ‘Don’t Put Dave in the Microwave’, ‘Stumpy’s Big Adventure’ and the ‘Beast from the East’. Chris is also currently participating in the BBC’s Digital Curriculum project aimed to provide online literacy assistance for children.
He set the children to work creating their own amusing and wacky poems about fabulous creatures pieced together from a number of different animals, dogs with superpowers, cats and pigs who suffer unimaginable misfortunes and an incredibly fat superhero in a sparkly tutu and ballet slippers!
Mrs Lucy Breag, Librarian who organised the event said, “Throughout the day, there was a great deal of hilarity and animation. Everyone’s drawing skills were put to the test as much as their creative writing talents, and new friendships were made as pupils worked with those from different schools. Mr White was motivational and inspirational and encouraged the pupils to use their linguistic creativity and wild imagination.”
This event was just one of a number that Oakham's Smallbone library arranges throughout the year to encourage and develop literacy, both with our own pupils and with those from local schools. Earlier this term saw pupils from English Martyrs Primary School visit and take part in the Project 500 scheme, helping them to get excited about reading science.