For Y2 - Y6:
The Shed in Your Head
Group size: up to 120
Time: 45 minutes - 60 minutes
A fun interactive session about the magic of stories, where they come from and how you can make them come alive. Featuring [amongst other things] a packet of fish fingers and a superhero mask. Includes an ‘Ask Roy…’ question and answer session at the end.
For Reception, Y1 and Y2:
Group size: up to 50.
Time; 20 - 40 minutes
Fun session with hats, a noisy chant with actions, Sidney the friendly spider and lots of audience participation.
For Y7 and Y8:
Thieves, Liars and the Quest for POWER
Group size: up to 200+ Time: 30’ -45'
KS3 version of ‘The Shed in Your Head.’ Includes readings from one my young teen titles and questions from the floor.
These can be tailored for any age or ability group. Usually, I will work alongside a teacher or TA with a class size group. Workshops can be from 1 hour to a whole day.
Workshops that I can offer include:
Magic Story Bags (character and story structure for KS1)
Junk Shop Poems (story structure and sound of language KS2-3)
Only Connect (narrative structure KS3 upwards)
Let's Go On a Story Hunt (outdoor inspiration KS1-3)
Tales from Tunes (music as inspiration KS2-3)
Surreal Stories (using 'found objects or words as inspiration KS2-3)
Moving Picture (using visual art as inspiration KS2-3)
Words and Music:
With composer John Webb, creating words and music for a song
Type of Artist:
DetailsPreferred age range:
No of sessions per day:
Usually I fill a school day with a mixture of workshops and talks (see above) - (with enough time to get from one session to another comfortably!)
Typically 4-5 depending on length of sessions
Areas prepared to travel to:
I live in the South East of England but anywhere in UK considered, provided expenses are met.
Car if local 25p per mile.
Train if not local.
Please email us for details
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'A big thank you. You have been inspirational to staff and children alike.'
Headteacher, Great Bowden Primary School, Leicestershire
'Engaging and inspiring.' KS3 Literacy Coordinator, Essex
'One of the best days in my life at school so far.' Y5 pupil, Kent.
'I feel I have become a proper writer.' Y7 student, Suffolk
The children loved meeting you and were fascinated by the concept of a 'shed in your head' - several of them have used the term since. I am setting Years 5 and 6 a story writing challenge for the Easter break where they have to choose a person, place and object from given lists and create a story which involves them. I have reminded them to use your advice when planning their stories and I'm looking forward to reading the results!
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