Power of Pictures
This Arts Council subsidised two day course develops professional partnerships with and shared practice between author/illustrators and teachers. Participants will explore how illustration and writing work together in picture books and how these can be used throughout schools to enhance children’s understanding and attitudes towards reading, writing and publication. Throughout the two days, teachers will work as creative writers and illustrators, exploring the pleasures and challenges writing can bring, reflecting on how this could impact on the teaching of and response to writing in schools. They will explore the specific artistic and writing skills essential in the development of picture books, drawing on illustrator Emily Hughes' real life practice.
- Consider current and relevant findings on children’s attitudes towards picture books and writing from this project and wider research drawn from in its development
- Reflect on their own practice in the teaching of and response to writing and consider how picture books are used in their setting to develop reader response and as a stimulus for children’s own text creation
- Be introduced to Emily Hughes and her work, including hands on activities which focus participants on how Emily uses drawing to convey meaning
- Explore the uniqueness of picture books as an important resource in developing inference, deduction and understanding of multi-modal writing
- Learn specific skills essential in reading illustrations effectively, supported by a range of examples from contemporary and classic picture books
- Investigate how words and images combine to encourage the reader to explore texts at a deeper and more meaningful level
Teachers will use the period between course days to put what they have learnt into practice in the classroom. This will be supported by a resource pack, including a copy of the focus text and three teaching sequences – one each for Early Years, KS1 and KS2 to give practical ideas about how best to work with this text throughout their school.
Teachers will also be given a reflective journal in which they are encouraged to take notes about how they use the techniques and sequences of work in the classroom and the impact these have on children’s engagement and attainment. There may also be an opportunity for the author/illustrator to visit their school (subject to availability and at an additional cost).
- Share experiences to explore the successful techniques and elements to take forward in future teaching of reading and writing
- Discuss what has been learnt about picture books and their use across their setting
- Discuss continued evaluation throughout the year which will focus on longer term impact on teaching and learning
- Develop participants’ skills as creative writers, enabling them to fully explore the expectations and demands on children in the classroom
- Reflect on how this experience allows them to develop their understanding of what best supports children’s creative writing and consider how this could be best realised in their setting
Guided by the experience of Emily Hughes, participants will plan, draft, gather responses to and publish their own picture book, with a focus on how to effectively combine text and images to provoke reader response. As part of this process, participants will learn simple book making techniques to explore the language, conventions and mechanics of picture books and how these can be used to enhance the reader’s response to and interaction with the text.
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‘Amazingly inspirational – valuable ideas and theory and above all, having an author illustrator talking through the process of creating a story was just brilliant!’Course Participant, 2015-16