Autumn Term 2019: Hone Your Writing Basics (Years 3,4), Saturday (St John’s Notting Hill, 11:30)


Hone Your Writing Basics provides emerging young writers with the basic tools they need to start writing compelling stories. Focussing on taking your child through the rudiments of prose writing, this course will ensure they are well-positioned to tackle the challenges of the creative element of Key Stage 2 with aplomb. All areas, including plotting, story-boarding narratives, character creation and the effective use of literary devices will be covered, including a ‘Spag Me Up’ extension at Saturday Clubs where children are guided to consolidate their grammar knowledge by using a games-based approach. We’ll be focussing on expanding the children’s vocabularies and picking up tips on spelling, punctuation and grammar in order to encourage their storytelling to be fluid and dynamic.

In every session the children get the chance to put their knowledge to the test by responding to a writing prompt, encouraging them to apply the skills they have acquired in written tasks and stimulating exercises. Our workshops strongly encourage creative thinking, avoiding limits such as the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to use the imagination.  As a result, there is no direct marking system – but we do review your child’s work during each session, providing verbal feedback and further guidance on developing ideas/ storyline structures/ descriptive devices. Your child will also receive written feedback upon their completion of the course.

  • Term: Autumn Term 2019
  • School Year: Year 3, Year 4
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Start / End Dates: 21 September–07 December 2019
  • Time: 11:30-13:00, Doors open 10 minutes before class. Early arrivals please wait to be invited by CYW staff to check in
  • Half Term Dates: 21 October–2 November 2019 (inclusive)
  • Venue: St John’s Notting Hill Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London W11 2NN

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