Catching Words

Catching Words

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Catching Words inspires a love of creative writing, encourages oracy and builds confidence.

What is Catching Words?

  • A 9 week literacy programme, in your school
  • Aimed at years 2-4
  • Delivered by professional poets, writers and storytellers
  • Continuing Professional Development session for teachers
  • Dedicated Story Builder to support your class throughout
  • Pupils will work together to write and illustrate a book
  • Each pupil receives a copy of the professionally printed book
  • End-of-project visit to Discover

Catching Words is divided into three modules, each featuring a different artist:

Module One: Poetry

A poet works with a class to explore language creatively, focusing on words and meaning to develop oracy skills and confidence.

Module Two: Storytelling

A storyteller works with pupils to explore narrative components, effective delivery and how to create original stories.

Module Three: Writing

A professional writer works with the class to collectively write a story. This is facilitated by the writer but created and illustrated by the pupils.

School Contribution:

£500 for two classes (includes nine in-class sessions, professional printing and visit to Discover)

Teachers will receive CPD and resources to support all three areas of delivery.

A Discover Story Builder will work with the pupils throughout the programme to provide support to pupils during the sessions and liaise with artists and teachers throughout.

Catching Words is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Man Charitable Trust. Your school’s £500 contribution represents around 10% of the actual cost of providing this inspiring project in your classroom.

“The range of approaches and delivery styles by all the guests kept the children engaged. Children would show great enthusiasm when told about their catching words sessions and some reluctant learners, who usually don’t contribute to sessions, began to put their hands up and shared their ideas. ” Participating Teacher, 2017
“An excellent experience for all children involved which was real, valuable and useful for lifelong literacy learning. All the staff were thoroughly engaging and connected with the class immediately. They were highly professional, tactful and showed great awareness of the varying needs within a class. ” Participating Teacher, 2017

Supported by

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Man Charitable Trust

Man Charitable Trust