School Workshops

Our workshops are designed to meet the EYFS Framework and National Curriculum for England (2014) objectives for KS1 and KS2. These can either be English or P.S.H.E. based. They are fun, engaging and educational, and they follow the themes, values and writing styles explored throughout the books published by Charlotte L. Taylor.

What makes a rhyme a rhyme?
"I am learning to hear and match rhyming sounds."
EYFS

In this workshop, children will listen to the rhyming story and explore what makes words rhyme. They will have the opportunity to be active by searching for the hidden rhyming picture cards and pairing up with their rhyme buddies.

What can stories teach us?
"I am learning to find the message in a story."
EYFS/KS1

This workshop involves the children listening to a rhyming story, identifying the message and completing a fun art project as a follow-up activity.

What makes a rhyme a rhyme?
"I am learning to read and match rhyming sounds."
Y1

In this workshop, children will listen to the rhyming story and explore what makes words rhyme. They will have the opportunity to be active by searching for the hidden rhyming word cards and pairing up with their rhyme buddies.

Can I write in rhyme?
"I am learning how to write a rhyming couplet."
Y2

In this workshop, children will listen to the rhyming story and identify the rhyming patterns. They will then choose rhyming words with which to write fun and silly couplets.

What could be lurking in the dark?
"I am learning to use the clues from the story to predict what might happen next."
KS2

Find out what danger is lurking in the dark as Charlotte introduces you to the world of Twigs. Piece together the clues in the text and use your imagination to decide the peril that Twigs is facing.

Should the unicorns be saved?
"I am learning to persuade somebody to see and value my point of view."
KS2

Discover why unicorns are on the brink of extinction as a young girl desperately tries to save them. Immerse yourself in the story as you take on the role of their protector and of their persecutor.

What is a syllable?
"I can identify how many syllables are in a line of poetry."
Y3

In this workshop, children will listen to a rhyming picture book story that has been written for older children. They will work together to identify the number of syllables in a line. Once they've explored this as a group, they will be challenged to find their syllable buddies, which will give them three rhyming words for them to begin to write some poetry.

How can I resolve conflict?
"I can make fair and appropriate decisions."
Y4

In this workshop, children will learn to explore different friendship conflicts and role play possible scenarios to resolve discord within peer groups.

What is a haiku?
"I can follow the syllable structure of a haiku."
Y4

In this workshop, children will revise what a syllable is. They will then learn to control the number of syllables they use for each line when writing their own haiku poem (based on the main themes of the rhyming picture book they have listened to). 

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What gives poetry its pattern?
"I am learning to create a poetic structure."
Y5

In this workshop, children will be challenged to maintain a pattern of a set number of syllables per line when writing their own evil spell based on those created by Narcissa in the stories.

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How can I be resilient in the face of peer pressure?
"I am learning how choices and behaviour can affect personal relationships."
Y5

In this workshop, children will learn the difference between positive and negative peer pressure and discuss how to stand strong in their own beliefs.

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How can understanding empathy help me?
"I am learning how to understand the choices and behaviour of others."
Y6

In this workshop, children will be challenged to explore the thoughts and feelings of a character within a given scenario so to begin to understand what motivates the behaviour of others.

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What gives poetry its beat?
"I am learning to recognise meter and rhythm in poems."
Y6

This is a challenging workshop designed to explore the musicality in poems when writing using meter and rhythm. Have a go at creating a verse, using the language structure of rhyming picture books.

These books can be a teaching tool used to foster literacy, learning, and most of all, imagination, in the classroom. Twigs, as a symbol of friendship and care, has brought classrooms to life.

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