Superheroes: Words are our Power

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!

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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:

  • Increase children’s creativity, confidence and resilience
  • Help encourage positive attitudes to engagement and learning
  • Encourage a child-centred approach to English and writing
  • Give teachers the tools to develop their own creative practice in the classroom.

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:  alicebw@writingonthewall.org.uk

Videos

Superhero Introduction

Download the Superhero Introduction video on Vimeo

Videos for Years 3&4

Yvonne Battle-Felton

Yvonne Battle Felton

Download Yvonne’s 26 Word Story video 

 

Download Yvonne’s Character Driven Prose video

Download Yvonne’s Scene Writing video

Dommy B

Download Dommy B’s Story Poems video 

Download Dommy B’s Conflict Poems and Adjectives

Download Dommy B’s Super Power Rhymes and Similes video

Videos for Years 5&6

Louise Fazackerley

Download Louise’s Call and Response video

Download Louise’s Naani video

Download Louise’s Angry Poems video

Ash Nugent

 

Download Ash’s Topic Raps video

 

Download Ash’s Metaphor Raps video

 

Download Ash’s Alliteration Raps video

Resources

Download your own PDF copy of the Superhero exercises using each link below:

Six Box Story template
Download the 6 box story here (PDF)

Design a superhero template

Download Design Your Own Superhero (PDF)

3 Minute Writing Burst template

Download 3 Minute Writing Bursts (PDF)

List Poem resource template
View a printable version of Create a List Poem

View a printable version of The Four Word Game

View a printable version of Write a Letter to the World


View a printable version of the Super Hero Rainbow

View a printable version of Superhero Family Dress Up

View a printable version of Dominic Berry’s Challenge


View a printable version of Make A New Ending

View a printable version of Jon Mayhew’s Challenge

View a printable version of Create A Powerful Chant

View a printable version of Marie Basting’s Challenge

View a printable version of Write The World’s Fastest Story

View a printable version of Alan Gibbon’s Challenge 


View a printable version of the 5 Senses Poetry Challenge

View a printable version of Ashleigh Nugent’s Challenge

View a printable version of Postcard of Positivity 

Writing Top Tips

Louise – Rhyme Accents


Download the Write a Limerick resource here

Yvonne – Word Choice


Download the Make Up Words resource

Dom – Blank Page


Download the Go From Blank to Brilliance resource

Ash – Differences

 

Download the Let’s Talk Differences resource

Yvonne – Character Motivations

Download the Let’s Talk Motivation resource

Ash – Nerves

 

Download the Let’s Talk Nerves resource

Louise – Writing Quickly

Download the Writing Quickly resource

Dommy B – Rhyming

Download the Write with Rhyme resource

Yvonne Battle-Felton – Read Out Loud