Remote Courses

Gemma Reeves

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Creative Writing With Gemma. Ages 7 to 9.

Monday, 11th January to Monday, 8th February. 4 pm TO 5 pm. 5 weeks.

As a working writer, I understand the difficulties and perseverance it takes to sit down and write, so I teach the children the skills I use every day -– showing them how they could become writers too! I like to use using fun warm up word games to get the imagination going, and then take this spirit of creativity into the lesson. I encourage the children to question and explore different scenarios, before guiding them through the planning
process. We discuss how to create compelling characters, vivid and evocative settings, and simple plots which can happily play out in timed conditions. The blank page doesn’t have to be daunting: I help the children feel confident in their writing abilities.

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CATCH UP VOCABULARY, GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION. YEAR 5/6

 Thursday 14th January to 11th February. 5 to 6pm

Using national curriculum guidelines the group will learn and discuss the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation taught in Years 5 & 6. This club will give them an opportunity to go over aspects of grammar they may have struggled with when they were first introduced to it or learn what they may have missed. With fun warm up games, I show the children that SPAG doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it's a key factor in making any kind of writing clear, accurate, and compelling for a reader. Think of it as the perfect sidekick to any writing programme.

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COMPREHENSION COURSE. YEAR 5/6

Friday 15th January to 12th February. 5pm to 6pm

I love literature and I bring this enthusiasm to teaching comprehension. Whether it’s historical fiction, or a factual article, every writer uses a toolkit to draw their reader in and it’s our job to spot their techniques. Once you learn to recognise them then you can tackle any text. I help the children search for the writer’s meaning by examining their language choices, and showing them how to read between the lines. For many children, understanding exactly what the question is asking of them is the biggest barrier to comprehension. I show the children that the 11+ follows a specific formula: retrieval, inference, explaining, and vocabulary questions, and then I teach them how to spot which is which. This way, they can unlock the jargon and exam-style questions are demystified.

 



 

Emma Gosnell


PRACTICE COMPREHENSION & CREATIVE WRITING.

 Thursday 14th January to 11th February 2021. 4 TO 5PM.

Many students struggle with, or dislike, comprehension. My aim is to show children that, far from being dull, comprehensions are about the wondrous ways in which a writer brings a story alive for them. I like to break things down when teaching comprehension: to closely discuss any inferences that can be made; to zoom in on the effect of particular words or phrases, and to analyse and decode the questions themselves. As well as answering questions about terrific writing, participants will be encouraged to imitate it themselves by writing a short passage in the style of whichever author - Dickens, T.H.White, Susan Coolidge - we are spotlighting that week.

 



 

Louise Pearce


Macbeth. Ages 8 to 10.

Monday, 11th January to Monday, 8th February. 4pm to 5pm. 5 weeks.

In this club we will read the story of Macbeth, in order for children to familiarise themselves with the plot. Using RSC educational videos and sources, we will then look at the play in more detail. This club will familiarise children with the language of Shakespeare and this iconic tragedy. They will be given writing activities connected to the play during the 5 weeks.


CATCH UP VOCABULARY, GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION. YEAR 5/6

Tuesday, 12th January to Tuesday, 9th February. 4 to 5pm

If you feel your children may have lost out on literacy lessons last year, look no further. In this club, we will cover the syllabus for Year 4 such as using conjunctions, looking at the present perfect tense, getting to grips with fronted adverbials, using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause, when to use the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns and using and punctuating direct speech. I will use videos to demonstrate these sometimes tricky forms of writing and demonstrate how they help us express ourselves clearly when we write. Understanding how grammar and punctuation elevate writing will give your children a significant advantage throughout their lives.


International Creative Writing Club - age 7 to 9

Saturday 16TH January to February 13th. 3pm to 4pm

This club is open to children between the ages of 7 and 9, anywhere in the world, who want to write their own stories. I will use a variety of writing prompts to spark their imaginations, including extracts from children's books.

 



 

Tymek Woodham

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CREATIVE WRITING. Ages 9 to 11. 

 

Monday, 11th January to Monday, 8th February. 5pm to 6pm. 5 weeks.

In this club, I encourage people of all abilities to share and take pride in their work, encouraging pupils to listen to their classmates and to give positive feedback. We begin each session with a fun and thought- provoking writing game to get our imaginations going, before working on longer stories that challenge pupils to develop their ideas systematically, paying attention to narrative pacing, consistently descriptive writing and satisfying endings. When this class is over, pupils will have gained the skills needed to attempt longer and more ambitious

pieces of writing in their own time.

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POETRY THROUGH THE AGES. Age 9 to 11

Wednesday 13TH January to 10th February. 4pm to 5pm

This course takes us through the history of poetry in English, inviting our students not only to practice their writing but to gain a sense of how poetry developed over time. We begin with the alliterative verse of the early middle ages, moving through the ‘blank verse’ of William Shakespeare’s time to the clanging heroic couplets of the eighteenth century; we’ll take long walks with the Romantics and end by throwing away the rulebook with the modernists of the twentieth century! Each lesson develops comprehension skills and creative writing, as we read original source materials and produce our own works in response!

 



 

Max Wilkinson

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CRIME WRITING. Ages 9 to 11.

Monday, 11th January to Monday, 8th February. 5pm to 6pm. 5 weeks.

Everyone loves a good whodunnit, especially me!
Learn how to write some brilliant mysteries with me, Max, a writer who has been running similar workshops for years. I will show each student how to grip their reader immediately with action, keep them gripped with subtext and plot and show the genius of 'show not tell' when creating shifty characters in mysterious worlds specific to you.

All fiction is a sense is 'crime fiction' as we respond as readers, like detectives, to stories and characters in a similar way, attempting to work out plot and back story. So, whilst learning the skills to write great crime fiction and a slippery whodunnit, your child will also learn that these skills are transferable to all their other creative writing.

I've ran similar workshops across London, with many venues, theatres and schools and love to help each student to find their voice and engage with what they are doing.

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*** FULLY BOOKED***


ALEXANDRA JUNIOR SCHOOL ZOOM CLUB. Age 8 to 11

Tuesday, 12th January to Tuesday, 9th February. 4pm to 5pm - Price: £50.00

Bursting with ideas but don't know where to put them? Ever wanted to write a novel, a novelette, a play or poems?
Then join us for Alexandra's brilliant after school creative writing club, a workshop that has been running successfully for several years at Alexandra Juniors.

You child will learn all the skills you need to create great characters, nuanced plot, subtext and lyrical verse whilst building up a portfolio of work they can enter into competitions and even win prizes or, and most importantly, just for the joy of writing.

Each new term the students will be focusing on writing a short story, a play, a poem or a longer story over the course of the year.
Max, a practicing writer, has been running similar clubs for years and loves to help each student find their own voice and engage with what they are doing.

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PLAYS AND PLAYWRITING. Age 9 to 11

Wednesday, 13th January to Wednesday, 10th February. 5pm to 6pm.

In these weekly, online Zoom workshops, you'll learn all the basic skills you need to write your first short play! You'll create characters, stories and learn how to stage your imagination. Fun writing tasks will include games, creating dramatic situations and other writing tasks to set you on your path to writing your first script.

You'll be encouraged be write a number of short, practice scenes and any theme is welcomed: detective stories, mystery, sci-fi, comedy or a bit of both, whilst taking inspiration from your own life as this is always the best source material!


Creative Writing Club. Age 9 to 11

Saturday, 16th January to Saturday, 13th February. 11am to 12pm.

Are you bursting with ideas for stories but don’t know how to organise them? Or does a blank page fill you with apprehension? Perhaps you just love to write and let the story unfold. This club is the best place to start. Max, a practicing writer, has been running writing clubs for years and loves to help each student find their own voice and engage with what they are doing.

You child will learn all the skills you need to create great characters, nuanced plot, subtext and lyrical verse whilst building up a portfolio of work they can enter into competitions and even win prizes or, and most importantly, just for the joy of writing.

 



 

Remote One-to-one session - £50 

We cover any aspect of writing, grammar and punctuation, and comprehension for 7+ to GCSE, creating bespoke lessons to target your child's needs. This includes an hour's online session with one of our tutors.

Short Story Critique - £15

We send back a full critique of their story (400 word critique of your child’s story), showing them what works and offering suggestions on how to edit and improve it.