School Visits: Inspiring Literacy Through Drawing
FOR EYFS & KS1
I run fun, interactive VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON workshops in schools to promote literacy and empathy with my ‘PLOOFER’ series, created to spark discussions around themes of self- awareness, feeling and accepting difference, fear, respect and self-respect. They explore a range of emotions from anger and sadness to pride and elation!
I’m passionate about visiting classrooms to show children how to draw ‘Little Ploofer’ displaying all the emotions in the books. I believe drawing can be a fantastic gateway into literacy – the drawings they make can be arranged into storyboards to practice creating and writing simple narratives. In a recent school visit a I saw the most reluctant of writers penning a few words to the drawings he’d proudly made!
To create excitement around my visit, I email teachers a link to a colourful interactive visual resource board to share with their classes on whiteboards prior to my visit. It contains engaging questions about the stories, resources to print and activities for them to work on and present to me when we meet.
FOR KS2 +
I use my book with transformative half pages THE THINK_UPS! to show how I make a storyboard. I then guide the students in making their own storyboards based on their pre-written individual stories, paying particular attention to structure, pacing and layout composition. For younger KS2’s I help children draw their own spread in this exciting format to ignite a story idea they can begin to write.
I would just like to say a huge thank you for yesterday . The children (and staff!) had a wonderful time and I know they learnt a lot too. You pitched the sessions perfectly , and really inspired the children.
Julia Warner, Deputy Head Teacher, St Matthews School, Wimbledon
The children at Parkgate House School thoroughly enjoyed Claire’s picture book and storyboarding workshop. The information and skills were excellently matched to the children’s age and they came away with so much enthusiasm and specific knowledge for our Picture Book project. Claire’s art skills, in particular, were especially admired and coveted by the children. Their picture books are going to be of a fantastic standard due to kick-starting the project with Claire’s workshop. Thanks once again Claire!
Hannah Ross, Head of English, Parkgate School, Clapham
Claire was very inspirational to the children and we were able to really enhance the children’s writing by learning from her techniques and editing tips for young children’s stories. Claire also was very clear on how to link her writing skills to the story board and planning formats that we use regularly in year 6. We would love to have her come again.
Elska Hughes, Prep School teacher, St Joseph’s College, Ipswich
If you are interested in booking a school visit, please email me via my contact page