We recently had the pleasure of being joined by Author Darren Chetty on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar about increasing diversity and representation in children’s literature and classrooms, helping to allow children to see themselves in the books they read. Check out Alice Bunker-Whitney’s blog on the session including the importance of representation in the classrooms.
Superheroes stand up for what is right and change the world for the better, with this, WoW’s literacy in schools project is doing just that!
Superheroes: Words are our Power is a pioneering four-year project (2019-22) funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation More and Better fund that’s exploring new creative writing strategies for primary schools. Using Superheroes as a force for change we’re helping children use their imaginations through creative writing, play and story creation. Whilst also supporting teachers to put creativity back into the curriculum.
The project aims to:
Superheroes: Words are our Power, provides a Professional Writer in Residence to all schools, working with the whole of key stage 2 across the school term.
The children and teachers have the opportunity to explore different forms of creative writing, through the writer’s expertise and passion!
We are lucky to work with poets, authors, comic book writers, spoken word artists and playwrights.
Alice from WoW works with year 5 for the whole term, creating stories and comic strips based on superheroes that reflect them and the world they live in. These stories are then published into a professional comic book, with each child receiving their own copy.
The next fantastic four years we are working with eight schools in Merseyside;
Visit each website to find out more information:
We are really excited to be working with Curious Minds as a partner, critical friend and evaluator.
The Superhero writers in residence we are working with this term are…
Left to right: Levi Tafari, Jon Mayhew, Marie Basting, Mandy Coe, and Dominic Berry.
For more information, please get in touch with Alice Bunker-Whitney – Project Manager Children & Young People, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Videos for Years 3&4
Videos for Years 5&6
Download your own PDF copy of the Superhero exercises using each link below:
Louise – Rhyme Accents
Yvonne – Word Choice
Dom – Blank Page
Ash – Differences
Yvonne – Character Motivations
Ash – Nerves
Louise – Writing Quickly
Dommy B – Rhyming
Yvonne Battle-Felton – Read Out Loud