Anneliese Emmans Dean eco-edutainment info@theBigBuzz.biz
I provide a range of innovative, engaging, cross-curricular poetry writing and/or performing workshops from early years ...
through primary schools ...
to community poetry events that involve adults too.
I also provide a unique ‘Poet in Residence’ programme, transforming KS2 pupils into Word Wizards.
Read schools’ workshop and performance feedback
Recent research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology confirms that rhythm and rhyme boost young children’s language development and reading skills.
The National Curriculum states that children should experience ‘a range of good-quality modern poetry’.
The National Literacy Strategy recognises poetry as ‘a central aspect of literacy’. All my poetry workshops and performances help establish the ‘positive climate for poetry’ called for by the NLS.
‘Thanks for the superb workshop. The children have been really fired up about it.’
Peter Heale, Year 6 Teacher, York
I provide poetry writing and poetry performing workshops. Some of the workshops tie in with a performance of my Buzzing! show celebrating garden minibeasts. Others are stand-alone workshops All stimulate children’s creativity, and encourage them to enjoy ‘playing with words’.
Cross-curricular Buzzing! poetry workshops
Buzzing! is a humorous, multimedia poetry show in celebration of garden minibeasts. It has been recognised by the Royal Entomological Society for its educational value. The show is based on my Buzzing! book, which won the NS Teachers’ Book Award for poetry.
There are different Buzzing! show options to choose from. My follow-on workshops encourage KS1, 2 and 3 pupils to write and perform their own minibeast poetry. Weather permitting, the KS1 workshops can be held outdoors. All workshops stimulate pupils to go out into their school grounds to look for minibeasts where they are.
Read about Buzzing! curriculum links
Here is an example of a KS2 pupil’s poem, written during one of my ‘Minibeast Magic’ workshops:
Read primary school feedback
Find out more about my primary school workshops
Poet in Residence
My ‘Poet in Residence’ programme will transform your KS2 pupils into fully qualified Word Wizards, with many exciting Word Wizard tricks up their sleeves ...
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Email me for further details of any of the workshops outlined here, or to discuss my visiting your school.