Creative writing charity Little Green Pig has joined forces with the Goodall Foundation to offer every child at east Brighton primary school City Academy Whitehawk (CAW) a unique creative writing experience.
Whitehawk is among the bottom 5% of the most deprived areas in the country.
Little Green Pig is a Brighton-based educational charity running innovative writing programmes with young people in Brighton and Sussex. Working both in and outside schools, they have worked with over 2000 young people, bringing together professional writers with children to improve literacy and communication skills and self-confidence.
The pupils at CAW were given the chance to vote on the theme of the space in which the workshops were to take place and chose a pet shop for mythical creatures. Little Green Pig worked with local designers Sherlock to come up with a visual concept with the support of Trilogy Laser Craft and Citrus Rain who provided materials.
Little Green Pig staff and volunteers transformed ordinary classroom into the ‘Tooth & Claw Store’ and creative writing workshops inspired by the space began last week. Every child who takes part will receive a bespoke book of the story they have written accompanied by professional illustrations.
The aim of the projecthas been to encourage every child at the school to use their imaginations and be inspired by what they see around them, enabling them to approach writing in a new and exciting way. The project also supports what the class teachers are doing in their lessons.
Head of School at CAW, March Church, said : “We are delighted to be working with The Little Green Pig through the continued support of the Goodall Foundation. They have managed to create a stunning learning environment for the children that will inspire their writing and ideas. ”
The project has been running from January to April 2017 and with 360 children taking part and so far considered a huge success.
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