Power of Pictures
CLPE’s Power of Pictures programme is back with a brand new author/illustrator leading the course, Joe Todd-Stanton! Over two and a half days, participants will work with Joe and CLPE’s Learning Programmes Leader, Charlotte Hacking, to learn about the craft of picturebook making in developing children as readers and writers with a greater depth of understanding about the writing process.
Day One will focus on the importance of picturebooks as a vital part of children’s reading experiences across the primary years. Teachers will be trained in how to closely read illustration, looking at the techniques that published illustrators use to add depth to children’s understanding of the story in a picturebook. We will work with a focus text by Joe Todd-Stanton, A Mouse Called Julian, and investigate approaches that can be used within the classroom to develop children’s inference, deduction and to be critically reflective about a text and its impact on the reader. Teachers will also learn how to convey meaning in words and illustrations of their own, investigating the impact of drawing as a means of communicating and sharing ideas as part of the writing process.
Day 2 will focus on empowering teachers to support children in creating, shaping, developing and publishing their own narratives using words and pictures. Through working alongside Joe, teachers will gain a unique window into the writing process of a published author from gaining ideas for writing, though to drafting texts, gaining a response from an editor and art director before publishing their work to a wider audience. We will look at how to transfer this process to the classroom and by the end of this day, teachers will leave with a plan and finished spread for a picturebook of their own, that they can use as a model for developing this kind of writing with their pupils.
Detailed teaching plans, a copy of A Mouse Named Julian (Flying Eye) and access to a suite of video resources will be provided to support teachers to use the books and develop children’s independent writing back in their own classrooms with age appropriate materials to support all children from Nursery through to Year 6 between the course days.
The last half day will support participants in evaluating their learning from the course days, investigating ways of developing successful approaches that have enabled readers and writers across the curriculum. Teachers will share examples of the work their classes have produced and will consider the impact the work has had on different learners. We will investigate the wider benefits of children being more visually literate, including how to develop news literacy in the current climate. Teachers will leave the course will a clear plan of how to develop their learning to make a wider impact across their school.
From our six years of research as part of the programme, we have found out that:
- Picturebooks are an important genre of children’s literature and support the development of sophisticated reading skills.
- Children need time, space and planned opportunities to develop their ideas for truly creative and independent writing.
- When children are given opportunities to draw as part of the writing process this helps them to formulate, develop and extend ideas for writing, making their independent, self-initiated writing richer.
‘Amazingly inspirational – valuable ideas and theory and above all, having an author illustrator talking through the process of creating a story was just brilliant!’Course Participant, 2015-16