Play on Words

Monday to Friday FREE
Primary Play on Words
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Experiment with words and performance in this inspiring workshop. The session, designed to stimulate the senses, aims to increase confidence in using language playfully and creatively.

Workshop leaders begin by asking the question ‘what is creative writing?’ and challenge participants to think experimentally about it. Students will be encouraged to use their knowledge of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to collect words inspired by the fascinating printed books, letters, diaries and manuscripts on display in the Treasures Gallery, recording them on a pre-printed page for their own book with a difference.

Using an aleatory technique (writing using chance or random selection of words) students will generate an imaginative text, which they will present both visually through a range of art materials and physically through a group-generated performance.

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Age group: Year 5 - 6
When: Monday to Friday
Length: 120 minutes. Please allow more time after your workshop to explore the galleries and public spaces.
Group size:

minimum 10, maximum 30 per session

Key skills: English, Creative Writing, Literacy, Critical Thinking
Price: Admission: Free entry
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7797
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