Creative Writing Classes Your Child Will Love

Creative writing is a key part of the National Curriculum for English, which can be divided up into transcription and composition.

Transcription skills include spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting. Whereas, composition writing is the expression of your child’s ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Writing Skills include:

·        Show not tell

·        Plot development

·        Story structure

·        Character development

·        Use of adjectives, similes, personification and metaphor

·        Story openers and endings

·        Stretching vocabulary

1.  Nurturing Emotional Intelligence

As your child hones their creative writing skills, they will develop the confidence to experiment in expressing their thoughts and ideas.

·        Those who practise, appreciate that their best writing reflects their heart and mind.

·        Developing empathy for their story characters helps children to understand that everyone is different.

·        Reading and writing about characters’ unique personality traits also increases children’s awareness of the similarities and differences between themselves and others.

2.  Nurturing a Reading Habit

Reading and writing go hand-in-hand because they reinforce each other. When I teach writing classes I notice how children enjoy talking about stories they’ve recently read. Reading fiction sparks their imagination, giving them ideas for writing, which are always fun to explore!

I often ask children to read out segments of their writing as they go along. It’s always a joy to hear children read out their stories, especially when they self-correct, without any prompting from me.

3.  Sociable and Fun! 

In small-groups as children get to know each other they learn from each other, which is always fabulous because it happens spontaneously.

Using exciting, visual imagery enables children to tap into their visual imagination. Children enjoy thinking and exploring their ideas in different formats, some are drawn to mind mapping whilst others prefer to sit and think through their ideas in quiet.

I believe there’s no right or wrong way to get started, as long as your child’s chosen method helps them to effectively organise their ideas, that’s what will help them progress.

Giving children opportunities to try different methods for planning is very helpful for them to see there is more than one way to plan successfully.

4.  Individual Attention

Children love the attention they receive when working in a small-group or one-to-one. Their enthusiasm for writing grows as they feel empowered to take ownership of their learning.

5.  Encouraging a Growth Mindset

Helping children to unravel their fear of making mistakes in order to make progress with their learning takes time, but it’s SO worth it!

Learning potential is fascinating because who knows how much potential each child really has…When children develop their growth mindset exciting things happen:

·        They open up their minds to endless possibilities and outcomes.

·        They have a go at things outside of their comfort zone in order to learn.

·        They know that mistakes are normal and they can learn from in order to enhance their understanding.

6.  Nurturing a Love for Learning

Children learn to develop their thinking skills when they write. I believe it’s important to give children sufficient time to dream and explore their creative ideas for their stories and poems. Time to think is an essential and often underrated element of children’s writing.

Even though time has to be limited in school exams, children benefit hugely from having time to explore and compose their ideas, in order to grow their confidence and understanding of the writing process.

Small-group creative writing classes will restart in September 2022.

·        Writing group 1: A focus on confidence boosting!

·        Writing group 2: A focus on stretch and challenge!

Interested in booking a FREE trial? Please email clare@creativehare.co.uk for more information.

Posted on July 1st 2022

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