Workshops at the Storymakers Writing Club take place in the school holidays
There are workshops on at Storymakers during most school holidays. These include regular English Revision, Vocab and SPAG workshops for Years 4 and 5, Creative Writing workshops and many more.
Important update. Please read:
All groups and workshops at the Storymakers Club are currently being conducted virtually. That’s good news if you don’t live nearby, as it means we will be able to welcome you into the Storymakers’ fold from wherever you are!
October Half Term Vocab, SPAG and Comprehension Workshops for Years 4 and 5.
Join me in the October half term for a week of English revision, for a daily vocabulary and SPAG blaster session, or to brush up on those comprehension skills. You could even do both!
These sessions are aimed at children in Years 4 and 5 and will take place Monday to Friday, 26th-30th October, from 9 a.m. (on Zoom).
See below to book. Places are limited to a maximum of eigt per session.
Vocabulary and SPAG Blaster, 9-10 a.m.
Comprehension, 10.30-11.30 a.m.
If you would like any help with extra support for your child/children, please let me know. I can work with them on a one-to-one, or small group basis via Zoom. Please go to the Virtual Sessions page to book.
My two daughters aged 8 and 10 years participated in several of Nikki’s Easter workshops. I was unsure as to how these would work due to their ‘virtual’ nature, but any concerns I had were immediately quashed as they proved to be extremely inter-active, educational, age appropriate as well as both challenging and lots of fun.
Nikki had pitched the lessons brilliantly and used a wide range of materials and resources that were able to stretch both of my daughters creativity in regards to their story writing as well as develop their comprehension skills. The Vocab and SPAG session was also extremely valuable as it certainly helped widen their vocabulary as well as highlighted some areas for improvement.
Both children really enjoyed the sessions and the discussions that emerged from them and I would thoroughly recommend Nikki’s sessions to others.
Nikki makes the work really fun and I enjoyed working with and discussing ideas with the other children on the course.
(Georgia aged 8)
All the sessions were really interesting and enjoyable. I particularly liked reading and answering questions on the comprehensions as they were all so different. I think I learned a lot of new vocabulary and hopefully have improved my spelling skills too.
(Maisie aged 10)
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Here are some examples of the workshops I’ve conducted in the past.
Book Trailer Workshop
Write a convincing blurb for your favourite story or a new one of your making, and we’ll turn it into a trailer. Like a film trailer, book trailers are designed to be a teaser of the story, with just enough information to pique interest, but not too much as to give away the plot! For this workshop, you will need an iPad and have the Animoto App downloaded.
Illustrated Story Book
Taking inspiration from the late, great, Judith Kerr, we will create our very own short stories, adding illustrations and a cover for a complete mini-book.
Comic Strip Writing
Can you lay out your ideas, storyboard style and add just the right amount of text to make an interesting story? Some practical skills required, but your artistic talents need not extend beyond stick men. Comic strip writing is all about the dialogue and not forgetting the all-important use of onomatopoeia – Kapow! Boom!
Stories are everywhere, whether it’s an advert to help sell a product, a newsreel or even a recipe show. We’ll be scripting our own stories and bringing them to life on film. No acting skills required, but you will need an iPad and the iMovie app.
Learn how to become a secret agent and solve your very own mysteries. We’ll be creating clues, finding suspects and motives and putting them together to form the ultimate mystery stories.
English Revision Workshops for Year 5’s
For those with the 11+ or Common Entrance Exams hanging over their heads this summer, we’ll work through each aspect of the English and verbal reasoning papers to help with last-minute revision or to keep everything ticking over and fresh in the mind.