Paul Johnson's Improving Writing Through Paper Technology - Foundation to Year 8

23/03/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Book making allows children to explore processes of text making in a meaningful way. It raises self-esteem and helps children see that their work is valued. It raises the status of presentation of written work and provides writers with a strong sense of purpose and audience.

In this hands-on and enjoyable workshop, participants will make a range of different pop-up book forms using paper and scissors. Each one is focused on writing across the curriculum subjects and for all ages and ability levels.

Participants will:

• Develop an understanding of the value of developing real purposes and audiences for writing

• Use book making as a focus to engage learners in the writing process

• Be able to make a variety of pop-up books suitable for supporting writing

All participants will recieve a copy of Paul's book, Making Books.

Teachers will be confident and knowledgeable in book making techniques that can:

• Help to narrow the gap between attainment in reading and writing

• Enable children to practise skills in writing, as well as art and design

• Give children confidence and pride in their written work

• Bring project and cross-curricular work alive

During the workshop Paul will supply worksheet diagrams to support all that books made. He will demonstrate a wide range of pop-up and movable books made by children which illustrate and inform what children are capable of achieving. Many of the models need only scissors and with others just a spot of glue is required.

Above all this is a day of fun and discovery and at the end of the course participants will be eager to take these ideas back to their classrooms!

About Paul Johnson

Paul has an international reputation for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts. He is author of over fifteen titles including Pop-up Paper Engineering, Get Writing! Ages 4-7, Get Writing! Ages 7-11 and Making Books.

See examples of Paul's work on his website here

"I have been inspired and motivated to use these practical examples to support improving writing. Fun, enjoyable and a high quality end product - a magical day!"

Course Participant, 2015-16

"Book making helps children to develop as supports children at all stages of the writing process, but is particularly helpful to bilingual children who are learning English and to children who have reading and writing difficulties"

The Reading Book, CLPE
Webber Street
United Kingdom
  • Lunch Included
  • Includes Resources