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.
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).
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