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Our largest Literacy lesson to date!

by Anna Whiteley
on July 19, 2017


Some said we were crazy, some said we were brave. Quite simply, we just love a challenge!

After the success of The Big Write 2016 we were keen to bring it back for 2017. And, of course, make it bigger and better!

Supported once again by the brilliant Harrogate International Festivals Team, and fab sponsors Ashville College and Platinum Print, we invited nearly 800 of Harrogate and District’s young authors to The Royal Hall for a giant Literacy workshop. Our largest to date!

Setting the scene

As the children and their teachers from 25 different schools arrived, there was a buzz around the great hall. All around were gasps of delight and awe as the children set their eyes on their classroom for the morning. It’s not very often you get to have a literacy session in a theatre adorned with 68,000 leaves of gold on the ceiling.

“It was an amazing place, I’ve never been in such an exciting place for literacy. The teachers from Pobble were brilliant and I really liked being with lots of other schools. I tried really hard on my writing.”
Year 4 pupil, Killinghall Primary School


Putting pen to paper

The theme for the day was ‘A view of generations’ and encouraged the children to write as if they were a window watching how things changed over time. Louise led a warm up that had everyone on their feet and using ambitious vocabulary and phrases to create a super sentence.

After this, author and poet Ian McMillan took to the stage to share his own piece of writing to inspire the children. That’s a great WAGOLL, if ever I saw one!

It was time for the children to create their own piece of writing. Start with an intriguing hook, develop paragraphs, and apply them to a chosen time in history, the present day and then into the future.

The writing flowed. Hundreds of children inspired to write under one roof was a sight to behold! I heard whispers of floating houses, flying cars and robot waiters as I wandered around the great hall. The creativity was unparalleled.

The result

At the end of the session, two pupils from each school were invited on the stage to read out a snippet of their incredible work! And, so you don’t miss out, you can read their fantastic writing on Pobble.

“It was a fantastic experience. Coming from a small rural school, it was a great opportunity for our pupils to share their writing skills with a wider audience and get a wider range of ideas for their writing.”
Peter Corner, Teacher, Summerbridge Primary School

Big Write

Now The Big Write 2017 is over, we’re already looking forward to doing it all over again in 2018. How will we top this edition?