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Fellfoot Fables for schools

Fellfoot Fables for schools

This virtual creative writing series is aimed at KS2 children from schools within the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership scheme area.

Fellfoot Fables is being delivered by Eden Valley-based poet and novelist, Katie Hale.

Keeping within government guidelines on social distancing, over four digital bite size sessions, delivered through videos and worksheets, will help you produce a poem or piece of creative prose, exploring your immediate environment. Fellfoot Fables aims to hear the future voice of the Fellfoot area.

Led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership scheme is a major project that will conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of a special part of the North West of England. The project has been awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will run from 2020 to 2024.

The following schools have registered: Hallbankgate Village School, Kirkoswald C of E Primary School, Castle Carrock School and Hayton C of E Primary School.

If you would like to register your school, please email Katie Hale. This will ensure you benefit from her full support throughout the project.

Please note: participating children should not go outdoors to undertake tasks without permission from a parent or guardian.

Workshop 1

Introduction: read through the PDF about this workshop

Step 1: Watch video 1 below (‘What’s it all about?’). If you can’t access the video there is a short PDF here.

Step 2: Watch video 2 (‘Noticing like a writer’). The PDF is here if you can’t view the video.

Step 3: When you have been for your walk in step 2, come back and make some notes. Go back to the main workshop PDF to check what sort of things can help here.

Step 4: Watch our final film – (‘Arts Award – Discover’). The PDF about this video is available here. There is a worksheet for this stage, to help you with the Arts Award – if you click here the worksheet will download to your computer.

Workshop 2

Introduction: read through the PDF about this workshop

Step 1: Watch video 4 below (‘Offcomer). If you can’t access the video there is a short PDF here.

Step 2: Use the poem, ‘Offcomer’ in video 4, to think about how to structure your own poem. The workshop 2 PDF takes you through some questions to help you do this.

Step 3: Watch video 5 (‘Putting it all together’). Use the advice in this video to start building your own poem. The PDF is here if you can’t view the video.

Step 4: Find out some facts about an artist or writer. You can either research one of your
choosing, or use Katie as your example. Then fill out the ‘Workshop 2’ section on the Arts Award Worksheet.

Workshop 3

Introduction: read through the PDF about this workshop

Step 1: Watch video 6 below (‘Editing a Poem). If you can’t access the video there is a short PDF here.

Step 2: Have a look back through your poem now, are there things that jump out at you that you want you change? Be prepared to make some big changes as part of the editing process.

Step 3: Watch video 7 below (‘Making Your Poem Shine). If you can’t access the video there is a short PDF here.

Step 4: After following the advice from video 7, your poem might now look a bit messy with all your editing notes but this is part of the process. Write or type up a neat version of your poem – we’ll be using this in Workshop 4 when we talk about ways of sharing our work. This will follow next week.

Workshop 4

Introduction: read through the PDF about this workshop

Step 1: Watch video 8 below (‘Sharing your work). If you can’t access the video there is a short PDF here.

Step 2: Think about who in your household you might want to share your poem with. Could you make a video of yourself reading it or record just the audio? You might need to get an adult to help with this. Can you decorate and illustrate your poem? You could also try reading it out to a member of your household.

Step 3: Don’t forget to fill out the final bits of the Arts Award worksheet and check you’ve completed all other sections.

Step 4:  Congratulations, you’ve finished! It’s time to send your work to your teacher. Don’t forget to include any photos of artwork or materials you’ve collected as part of the process and your completed Arts Award worksheet and feedback form. Why not encourage your family to have a go too?

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