Remote Courses

October Half Term courses

The 11+ and school entrance exams are looming, so we've created new materials for our half-term courses, with these in mind. Our creative writing for the 11+ exams courses will give your children practice in writing to a time limit; writing in response to a specific prompt or title; planning a story quickly and demonstrating literary techniques such as the use of figurative language, writing coherently, and displaying a rich vocabulary.
We have also added our after-school club online programme after half term. The sessions are all for one hour a week, on zoom @ £87.50 for 7 sessions.

We have a maximum of 8 children and a minimum of 5 children in each group. Please look at the list below to choose the most suitable courses.

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HALF TERM - WEEKLY COURSES

Comprehension for Exams - Fiction (Using past exam papers)

Date: Monday 26th to Friday 30th October

Time: 10 am  to 11 am

A group will read a comprehension extract together and discuss the text. The materials are a mixture of poetry and prose. They will then be given time to write out their answers and we will show them how to word their answers and read the questions carefully.

11+ Creative Writing for Exams (new materials)

Date: Monday 26th to Friday 30th October

Time: 10 am  to 11 am

The group will be given pictures, title and the first line of a story prompts (taken from past papers) and be shown how to quickly plot a story and then write it, using the literary techniques the examiner’s is looking for, within a time limit. This is excellent practice for writing under time pressure but we also aim to make the club fun and inspirational.

HALF TERM AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB

MONDAY CLUB: Monday 2nd November - Monday 14th December

Creative Writing For The 11+ Exams - Age 9 to 11

Date:Monday 2nd November - Monday 14th December

Time: 4  to 5 pm

In the lead up to the common entrance exams, this club will show the children how to feel confident about writing under time pressure by giving them practice each week on a different topic or title, gleaned from past exam papers. We will give them tips on how to write a story with impact, style, and "voice."

Write A Ghost Story With Us - Age 7 to 9

Date:Monday 2nd November - Monday 14th December

Time: 4  to 5 pm

Are you sitting in the dark with a candle flickering by your side? Is the wind outside battering your windows? Then we'll begin...

Ghost stories feed the imagination as at least one of the characters does not have to conform to human restrictions; they can movethrough objects; terrifying people; and time travel. On this course we will show the group how to set up a great ghost story, linking the supernatural to our world, ghost to hero and provide a satisfying (could it be a twist?) ending.

TUESDAY CLUB: Tuesday 3rd November - Tuesday 15th December

Playwriting Club ages 7 to 9

Date:Tuesday 3rd November - Tuesday 15th December

Time: 4  to 5 pm

The group will be shown how to write short plays 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!

What if? Creative writing club - ages 7 to 9

Date:Tuesday 3rd November - Tuesday 15th December

Time: 5  to 6 pm

This club will help inspire children to think of ideas for stories, starting out with that leading question: What if? We encourage them to stretch their imaginations wide and develop whole new worlds for their stories to take place in.

Comprehension Club using past papers 11+

Date:Tuesday 3rd November - Tuesday 15th December

Time: 5  to 6 pm

We will go through past exam papers for both independent and grammar schools and show the group how to answer the questions and gain confidence in their ability to read between the lines.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Wednesday 4th November to Wednesday 16th December

Creative Writing For Exams 11+ Age 9 to 11

Date:Wednesday 4th November to Wednesday 16th December

Time: 4  to 5 pm

In this club we will give the group a different prompt each week; from continuing a story from a first line to a photo and show them how to plot and write a story within a time frame, using the literary techniques they will have been taught at school and other writerly tricks!

Poetry Club ages 7 to 9

Date:Wednesday 4th November to Wednesday 16th December

Time: 4  to 5 pm

Tymek Woodham, inkhead's resident poet, will share his appreciation of poetry through showing the group how to "read" poems and write their own.

Comprehension Club using past papers 11+

Date: Wednesday 4th November to Wednesday 16th December

Time: 5 to 6 pm

We will go through past exam papers for both independent and grammar schools and show the group how to answer the questions and gain confidence in their ability to read between the lines.

THURSDAY CLUB: Thursday 5th November to Thursday 17th December

Creative Writing Club Age 9 to 11

Date: Thursday 5th November to Thursday 17th December

Time: 5 to 6 pm

The group will be encouraged to write the stories they want to write and given advice on plotting, characterisation, using setting, foreshadowing, and suspense. This club is aimed at children who enjoy writing and want to develop their stories.

Comprehension Club using past papers 11+

Date: Thursday 5th November to Thursday 17th December

Time: 5 to 6 pm

We will go through past exam papers for both independent and grammar schools and show the group how to answer the questions and gain confidence in their ability to read between the lines.

FRIDAY CLUB: Friday 6th November to Friday 18th December

Creative Writing Club for ages 7 to 9

Date:Friday 6th November to Friday 18th December

Time: 4 to 5 pm

In this club the group will be given prompts to spark off story ideas, and be shown how to plot a story, develop two or three characters, and describe the setting. They will be able to share their stories and illustrate them.

Creative Writing Club for ages 9 to 11

Date: Friday 6th November to Friday 18th December

Time: 5 to 6 pm

In this club, the group will be given prompts to spark off story ideas, and be shown how to plot a story, develop two or three characters, describe the setting, develop suspense and foreshadowing. We will encourage the group to develop their own “voice” and practice writing the stories they want to write.

SATURDAY CLUB: 7th November to Saturday 19th December

Creative Writing Club for ages 9 to 11

Date: Saturday 7th November to Saturday 19th December

Time: 11 am  to 12 pm

In this club, the group will be given prompts to spark off story ideas, and be shown how to plot a story, develop two or three characters, describe the setting, develop suspense and foreshadowing. We will encourage the groups to develop their own “voice” and practice writing the stories they want to write.

International Creative Writing clubs for ages 7 to 10

Date: Saturday 7th November to Saturday 19th December

Time: 3  to 4 pm

In this club, the group will be given prompts to spark off story ideas, and be shown how to plot a story, develop two or three characters, describe the setting, and create believable (and interesting) characters. We will encourage the children to develop their own “voice” and practice writing the stories they want to write. This club is open to children all over the world! (as are all our other clubs)!!!

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.