Counting sy -lla -bles

Leo and Lillie Sorry for the late post this week. I am up to my ears in ear poems, preparing for a poem trail at Portslade Infants School this Wednesday. If any of you live that end of town, come and take a look. There will be strings of special Sound Detective poems on display… read more »

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I Have a Dream

We experimented with some visualisation work last week in the Saddlebacks group and went on dream journeys. Some visited the reality of a buried past, others created an imaginary world. It was great to see how all our imaginations took us to completely different places and made us feel different emotions. Sam, a fairly new… read more »

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You are what you wear

The Saddlebacks are all working away at their short stories at home so we took the opportunity at the last session to have a go at some poetry. We thought about items of clothing, belonging to ourselves or to other people, and how they convey messages about character and identity. Here’s one of the more abstract… read more »

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Cowgirls and haikus

Frankie busy at work on her story We finished off our Character, Place, Dilemma stories this week – although several  of the Piglets, on re-reading their work, decided that they wanted to start all over again! Here is the beginning of Frankie’s story, who wrote about a cowgirl, a cottage in Spain and the challenge… read more »

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Character, Place, Dilemma

Ruben reading We started off the Piglets session today with some word association games to get us in the creative, wordy mood and then we got down to starting some stories. The structure for the story came from writing down some characters, places and dilemmas on pieces of paper and then picking them at random…. read more »

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Sound Detectives

Ruben and Leo with giant ears Last week the Piglets group and I had lots of fun trying on giant ears and imagining what sounds we could hear if we had extra sensitive hearing. We then wrote poems based on these imagined sounds. I have to admit, this session was a bit of a trial… read more »

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Once upon a …

Well the Saddlebacks have started off the new term with an ambitious project to write some proper short stories. We looked at a few good examples from Carter, Hemingway and Mansfield and then got down to it… Ione made a great start with this intriguing opening:  “I run out of the door and slam it. The noise… read more »

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Giant leapers

Experimenting is what we like doing best at Little Green Pig. Lucy and I don’t plan our sessions or topics for our writing workshops weeks in advance. What works best for us is trying out new things, throwing out an idea and letting the children run (or write) with it. Sometimes things work, and we… read more »

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Behind the scenes

We’re on an Easter holidays at Little Green Pig for the next couple of weeks, but Lucy and I seem to have been busier than ever, writing a funding application to apply for a small amount of money to keep the club going. One of the best things about writing it was passing on all… read more »

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