Kurlys Poetry - Fun literacy engagement workshops

Kurly's KS2/3/4 Poetry Workshops

Kurly's workshop format enables him work with up to 80 pupils per session ​which offers great value throughout a whole day. This allows pupils to experience and participant in live poetry and collaborate in joint enterprise literature, endowing them with enthusiasm to access the wider curriculum and essential key social skills for life. Aside from writing, pupils are guided through performance preparation and context for delivery to help them understand how conveying poetry with appropriate intonation and physicality which gives greater impact to words. 


How the workshop unfolds...

Firstly pupils are introduced to the world of 'Performance Poetry' by a demonstration of prepared and improvised (freestyle) poetry/rap with a little audience participation thrown in! The workshop continues with a series of fun and slightly competitive team exercises to build on pupil's strengths word usage and performance skills. Pupils are then given a step by step demonstration of theme exploration, rhyme development and writing structure tips. Creative writing follows, with pupils mostly in groups exploring a theme that offers plenty of opportunity to share ideas and develop confidence and ownership as they create. After some guidance on refining and redrafting we look at performance, developing awareness of tone, emphasis, pause, projection and body language as pupils work together on their performance. (For most pupils the idea of performing and sharing can seem like a terrifying idea but by now pupils would have already shared work and performed during the workshop so they'd be much more relaxed about the idea at this point.) After rehearsing all the groups come together in a showcase set in an X-Factor style competition complete with teachers being judges and me possibly doing a terrible Ant and Dec impression. All good fun in the name of poetry!

 By the end of the workshop young people will have:

  • Increased core curricular skills - reading, writing, speaking, listening and reading aloud.
  • Demonstrated literacy confidence and creative ownership
  • Positively expressed pupil voice and feelings 
  • Imagined and explored feelings and ideas, focusing on creative uses of language and how to interest the reader or listener
  • Reviewed and commented on what has been read, seen or heard, focusing on the topic
  • Pupils would also have been taught to use writing to help their thinking, investigating, organising and learning. 
  • Developed transferrable emotional and social skills which are key components in life
  • Developed writing and performance skills that consider the audience
  • Smiled and laughed during a full day of poetry!

 Content/Theme of workshop

Once booking date and rate are determined we can confirm the creative brief and have the content/topic agreed in advance of the workshop which can include specific outcomes for your School Improvement Plan (SIP). Some popular themes for workshops have included: PSHE, Identity, Black History, British Values, Crime Prevention, Respect, Celebrations, Community, Transition (year 6 to 7 or year 11 to 12), Anti-bullying, Cultural Tolerance, Diversity and Health. Teachers have also found the workshops to be an interactive way to either launch a new topic via what's known as a 'Wow Day' where Kurly comes in and 'Wow's the pupils into creative and learning with poetry and rap to launch your chosen theme. Whether its The Tudors, Pirates or Volcanos the workshop format can cater to a specific subject or topic to support pupil learning and progress. Kurly is totally committed to ensuring your pupils have an inspirational day whilst carefully regarding the key principles of the school Curriculum in England which:
  • "promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society" (*1) 
  • "prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life" (*1) 

 And support the Curriculum aims, which is to... 

"Provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement."(*1

and its important to note that...

 "The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum."(*1

(*1) Department For Education, Statutory guidance, National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4 pages 5 and 6.


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