Story Making Sessions – Y3 to Y7
Please note that we are currently unable to offer workshops in our Writer’s Pad. However, please get in touch if you are interested in booking a workshop, as we may be able to offer digital storymaking sessions.
What will happen during the session?
Grimm & Co will travel through the many Worlds in the Wide Web to arrive at your school in the morning or afternoon, bringing a touch of magic into your classroom through Zoom (digital communication platform). Our facilitator will tell you the tale of Grimm & Co, introducing our mysterious boss Graham Grimm who, alongside his sister Grizelda, founded the apothecary in 1148 – just before lunch time.
The session begins with our imagination gym, where everyone (including teachers) need to exercise their imaginations before we can jump headfirst into the story making. This is when the magic truly begins…
During the session, we create the beginning and middle of a story together – whilst being hassled by the voice of the unseen Graham or Grizelda Grimm. The Grimms are desperate for your class to create stories, because imagination gives energy to the magical beings! Throughout the session they will provide provocation and feedback. It’s all part of the fun! Not only that, an illustrator will be drawing the children and young people’s characters, live, straight onto the page! Your pupils are in control of how the story develops! We will also be checking in on the live feed of Grimm & Co, keeping an eye on our Head Shop Elf who will be concocting a bespoke potion especially for your class!
Finally, your pupils will each write their own individual ending ready to be published in their very own book. You will be provided with everything you need to post these endings to us so we can publish them as real books and deliver them back to you!
“Cannot praise this session enough. After 10+ years in teaching it is by far the best trip I have ever taken pupils on. They were immersed and engaged from the minute we entered. Reluctant writer’s left as published authors and children who hate public speaking performed their endings. One girl we noticed was particularly engaged and has gone on to write stories for her siblings since the visit”
Y5/6 teacher, Rotherham
How will attending Grimm & Co benefit my class?
Grimm & Co aims to boost children’s attitude to learning, confidence, creativity, and courage through an innovative programme of interactive literacy workshops. Grimm & Co has worked closely with schools across Yorkshire to develop these workshops in order to meet the specific needs of local children, young people, and educators.
Through our workshops, we aim to:
- Kick start children’s creativity, with a key focus on engaging reluctant writers through complete immersion in a unique and magical multi-sensory approach. As our magical architects are currently working on our new story destination, we are taking our approach into schools/providing digital experiences with an interactive programme using drama and creative writing techniques.
- Grow children’s imagination and confidence. At Grimm & Co, no idea is a bad idea and we support all children and young people to fearlessly unleash their imaginations.
- Help children value the importance of writing and develop a positive attitude to literacy, through the legacy of a high quality output that can be celebrated with teachers, family and peers.
- Develop collaborative skills as well as individual initiative, through the collective creation a story’s “building blocks” and the celebration of children’s unique responses.
How will attending Grimm & Co benefit me?
Our literacy workshops have been developed in collaboration with teachers to help children develop greater self-confidence and self-respect; positive attitudes to writing, literacy and learning; new ways of thinking; and the courage to try new things.
We survey all teachers who attend our story making sessions with their classes, and have received unanimously positive feedback. Many teachers have commented that attending Grimm & Co increased their students’ motivation to write and learn; that it built their confidence and self-esteem; and developed imagination, creativity, and new ways of thinking in their students.
Teachers who have previously attended workshops at Grimm & Co have also said that the experience has sparked their imaginations as well as their children’s, stimulating new ideas and approaches around curriculum delivery, and helping enhance their literacy teaching and learning approaches.
“It instilled confidence in more reluctant writers, it was exciting and engaging for the children”
Y3 teacher, Rotherham
“It was magical & inspiring, how engaged all the children were”
Y4 teacher, Durham
“James, who is extremely autistic and doesn’t enjoy writing was completely enthralled and hooked by the entire thing”
Y3 teacher, Barnsley
What is the class teacher’s role during a Grimm & Co workshop?
Sessions are delivered by two Grimm & Co facilitators. However, as we are not going to be in the classroom, we will need your help to co-facilitate at certain points. We suggest a thirty minute meeting, one week before the workshop, with the teacher would be beneficial for all involved. However, there will be plenty of opportunity for you to observe and reflect on how your class responds to the workshop. Seeing their teachers watching and enjoying the session can also really help the engagement of the children and the dynamic of the group.
The Grimm & Co approach is friendly and informal, which means that we like it when a class gets excitable and enthusiastic about their ideas! The session leaders are trained in behavior management, and are comfortable dealing with this when required. However, if there are any particular difficulties or incidents we would welcome your additional support.
You’re welcome to take photos during the session – and please feel free to Tweet / Facebook / Instagram us!
What practical information do I need to know about the workshops?
- The sessions can run in a morning or afternoon.
- Sessions can be booked Monday to Friday throughout term time
- The session works best with ages 7-11
- Maximum class size is 30
- We have risk assessments in place in case you need to see them.
- Send an email to email@example.com informing Grimm & Co of when you’d like your digital storymaking session to take place, in addition to the year group(s) that will be involved. We will then respond to you with some suggested possible dates.
- Following confirmation of your booking, we’ll send you a very short online form, setting out what you can expect from us and what we ask from you. This must be completed at least two weeks before your session date.
- We ask for a register of children’s names at least a week before you arrive so that we can prepare the front covers of their books. Please send a class list include first names, surnames, and details of any additional needs / challenges to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any GDPR queries regarding this, please just get in touch and we are more than happy to share our policy with you.
If you have any further questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The very best of wishes from the team of staff and volunteers at Grimm & Co.