Over the last two years EMC’s National Writing Day project Let Them Loose! has captured the imagination and enthusiasm of 1000s of young writers and their teachers.
This beautifully-illustrated workbook for Year 7 offers 44 writing activities drawing on the same principles of creativity, freedom and choice.
From speeches to poems, playscripts to novel openings, this is a workbook both to harness pupils’ enthusiasm for writing and to develop their writing ‘muscles’!
We bought enough copies of this lovely book for each student in Year 7 to have one, but we've left teachers free to use it as they deem best for each class. Most teachers have designated one lesson a fortnight as a 'Just Write' lesson. Those who've done this have said that it's many students' favourite lesson of the fortnight. Teachers are using it completely freely in these lessons - giving students free rein to decide what they want to do. Some teachers are playing music in the background while students write; others have silence or quiet talking. Students love the freedom to go where their imaginations and desires lead them. The contrast with the style of teaching they've often experienced in Year 6 is quite marked, and at first I think there was a bit of a sense of, 'Can this really be true? Can we really write anything we like here?' Now it's become a well-established practice that students relish.
A few teachers have used it as a regular homework and this has worked well too. A few parents have said that they wish they could have copies of their own!
Thank you so much for this fantastic resource. It's so beautiful to look at as well as being well-planned. It's lovely to be able to give students a thing which really looks and feels like a treat, but which is great for developing their writing at the same time.
Alison Binney, The Netherhall School, Cambridge