Comments from Schools

Evaluation Comments for Workshop One

 

Year 6 Co-ordinator:

Thank you so much for the brilliant day on Monday - you and Jackie were lovely with the children and really got them hooked right from the start!  Your introduction and activities were well pitched to the needs of the children and you helped make the language of poetry accessible for them all.  

The children really loved The Magic Makers book - both the illustrations and the language (they particularly liked using the word ‘diaphanous’!).  We love your book too and we're looking forward to using it after half term when we plan our poetry work. 

We very much hope and look forward to having you and Jackie back next year.

Year 6 Co-ordinator:

Personification is a difficult concept for some children to understand and this workshop supported the children’s understanding well through its delivery.  It provided the introduction and stimulus for work on poetry which will be covered in the next half term.  The book, with its beautiful illustrations and language, captured the attention of all children and inspired them to write their own short poems after the workshop.  This has provided a good foundation for the poetry work to be covered later.

Year 6 Co-ordinator:

The children most enjoyed making up their own lines of poetry using the style of the Magic Makers. They also liked exploring some of the sophisticated language from the book in their drama work (using movement and gestures to portray word meanings).

Head of Year 5:

The children particularly enjoyed writing their own poem inspired by a magical being. Having John read the poem out in a rhythmical fashion really inspired the children to take ideas and include them in their own poems!

Head of Year 5:

The content taught was very appropriate and the children were engaged for the whole length of the time which meant they did enjoy it! The content of the poem has given us lots of ideas to work from in our next Poetry unit in English. We are very thankful to John for instilling a love of poetry in the children!