Our Favourite Festive Stories and Poems this Christmas

17th Dec 2019News

We’re big fans of shared reading here at As Creatives – just for the sheer joy of it, though the recognised benefits are well documented. So, with Christmas just around the corner, here are five of our teams’ favourite stories and poems to share in the run up to the festive season: The Jolly Christmas … Read More

National Poetry Day Workshops – 3rd October 2019

22nd Sep 2019News

We love the power of words, so National Poetry Day is always one of our most enjoyable times of the year! taking place on Thursday 3rd October 2019 we have a range of enjoyable and engaging workshops, all tied into this year’s theme “Truth.” we always sell out well in advance for these workshops, so … Read More

Teaching Resource: Character Clerihews Poetry Activity

6th Mar 2019Free Teaching Resources, News

Challenge your pupils to share their understanding of and thoughts about characters from books they’re exploring through poetry. Four line poems with a clear rhyming structure, clerihews are easy to construct – and packed with facts and descriptions! Download the resource here Resource Character Clerihews instructions Character Clerihews PowerPoint Find more teaching ideas and resources … Read More

Teaching Resource: Animal Rhymes – Poetry Activity

21st Feb 2019Free Teaching Resources, News

Supporting children in thinking about rhymes, there are obvious links between Animal Rhymes and phonics teaching. The activity can lead to wonderful poetry – and also develops strategic thinking! Download the resource here   Download the Resources Download the resource here Download the staff sheet Download the pupil sheet Get in touch and let us … Read More

School Arts Week Workshops

1st Jan 2019School Workshops

This summer we will be celebrating the creative arts in schools across the country by supporting children to explore, engage and develop their own creativity through a wide range of participatory art workshops. We believe that art is for everyone, that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the creative arts – and that participating in … Read More

Great To Be Back At The Bede!

22nd Aug 2018News

We’ve been supporting the annual Summer School at Venerable Bede Academy in Sunderland since 2015. I spent the day there again on Wednesday – and it’s become one of my personal highlights for August. The students, all of whom will be starting Year 7 next month, are always brilliant, the staff are incredibly supportive – … Read More

Shakespeare Poets – with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust!

25th Jan 2018News, School Workshops

We are huge fans of Shakespeare, of course – firmly believing in the power of experiential approaches to his works. And we also love the process of creating, crafting and performing poetry. Over the years, we have taken our interactive Shakespeare and Poetry workshops to tens of thousands of children and young people, both nationally … Read More

Case Study: National Poetry Day 2017

1st Sep 2017Case Studies, School Workshops

National Poetry Day is one of our favourite days of the year – and the 2017 theme of “Freedom” chimes perfectly with our approach of introducing children and young people to poetic structures that actually give them more freedom, more stimuli and more motivation to write. Our popular workshops include Performance Poetry, SoundScape Poetry, Personification … Read More

Case Study: Personification Poetry

11th Aug 2017Case Studies

Having delivered poetry workshops for West Derby School last summer term I was delighted to be asked back again this July to support the students in celebrating the school’s International Week. An average sized, boys’ secondary school, West Derby had chosen Nepal as the theme for their celebration in 2013 but this year, rather than … Read More