Tonight I went to Suffolk One (College) to talk about the story gift scheme where yr 9 students go into primary schools to read stories to years 1 and 2 and got a great response from Stowmarket and Claydon schools who may want to take up the scheme.
Poor Mr Hethrington was comparing the evening but struggled with a throat infection so I was glad to be able to ramble on about the scheme for a while.
Looks like we might be spreading the scheme to other schools now and benefiting a whole bunch of more children!
I have been invited to talk at a celebration evening of the Pixel Edge scheme about the story gift scheme.
This is a huge opportunity to get another four schools involved in what is a rapidly growing successful scheme benefiting both year 9 students in public speaking and story telling in an amazing way and for years 1 and 2 to become addicted to stories and the older children reading those stories to them. Simple idea but phenomenal results for both age groups! (Vocal acting workshop for the older kids essential)
Now in the second phase where the first 12 yr 9's are recruiting ad training other yr 9 story tellers and are doing a great job so far.
Never seen such excitement in kids at both levels before. Pure magic is happening before my eyes. Just got to spread the word to other schools about how easy this is to do and how it benefits all children for years to come!!!
This has been an amazing week. Wednesday I went into my daughter's school to do a session on 'suspense writing' so I made up a workshop over night and it went down a storm with the kids.
I gave it little thought apart from being tickled by having made children laugh at how easy it is to slow crawl a sentence with the right words to create suspense until today.
Today I was a parent helper for the same class when they went off to Ipswich Museum for the day and had a great time it must be said.
At the end of the day one of the shiest kids caught me and said "Thank you for coming in on Wednesday Mr Cattrell. I really liked your session and it really helped me.
There are sometimes when you can only smile because you don't have enough words.
My aim in these workshops is to make it easier for children to understand how to write a story. So D J Cattrell is not just about books but about giving kids practical easy structures to understand all aspects of stories and how important they are in life from newspaper articles to Greek Myths around television programmes and over the hill of history. Stories are what we are, how we remember our world and how we make sense of it.
Wednesday 17th August 2016