In English, we ask children to write in a variety of different forms, including original writing. All teachers of English should be prepared to engage with writing themselves, to experience first-hand what it feels like to be trying to communicate through words, and to appreciate the great pleasure that can be gained from being creative with words and images.
Someone once made the rather corny observation that ‘Poetry begins in wonder and ends in wisdom’. But for many school children confronted with a demand to write a poem the expression could be recast as ‘Poetry begins in frustration and ends in despair’. Yet the writing of poetry can be immensely satisfying for children of all abilities: with its disregard for grammar conventions, its flexible, playful use of words and its ability to capture intense emotions, poetry often allows all children to succeed.
Writing prose, too, can be enormously satisfying and a very valuable way of helping ourselves as teachers and children as writers to understand writing from 'inside out', to experience how words, sentences, images have to be shaped and honed to create just the effect that you desire.
On the PGCE English with Drama or Media course students are actively encouraged to write poems and prose in a writing workshop, and to think about ways of publishing children's work, including on websites such as this. The writing included here represent some of this work.