LLP Weekly briefing: June 24th 2021

Summer Schools

This week and next, secondary schools who requested a book box to encourage Reading for Pleasure, will receive these boxes. They are clearly labelled for the colleagues coordinating the summer schools. After the summer schools, please use the books in your school libraries.

Transition Forms for Y6-7

Can I repeat a message sent out yesterday by James Macdonald, Chair of LASH:

‘All Secondaries will now have received the Yr6 Pupil Information Forms. These came in a CTF via Angel Solutions into school email addresses. These do contain lots of needed information. Please check these forms before speaking to Primary colleagues and duplicating requests for this information. It’s worth remembering that many of us are under significant pressure at the moment.

Some Primaries are happy and willing to facilitate Face To Face meetings where needed and appropriate but as we know COVID pressures on staffing and partial closures are causing serious operational difficulties to schools throughout the city. Please be considerate if plans have to change with short notice etc.’

Cultural Update

#LiverpoolWrites creative writing workshops and activities

LLP is very excited to hear about the activity going on in schools as part of our #LiverpoolWrites creative writing programme. The artists and practitioners have been sharing plans and resources on Culturepool so that all schools can find out about the sessions. Teachers can deliver some of these independently for free, using the plans and resources provided. In some cases you will need to employ the artist/practitioner to run the workshop (online or in-school).

Take a look at what’s on offer here:

Workshop/link Key stage Activities
Acorns to Oaks Intergenerational Workshop Teeny Tiny Theatre & Travelled Companions KS1-2 Bringing together the youngest & oldest in our communities to play creatively together
So you can’t spell? So what. Patrick Kirk-Smith, Art in Liverpool   EY-KS5 Doodle pad to help identify and support students with spelling/reading difficulties, particularly as a result of Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD or Autism.
Lockdown Life Author Charlie Lea, Read Now Write Now KS3 Inspiring children and young people to express their own voice and articulate their thoughts, interests, and feelings, particularly over lockdown, to themselves and others
Where were we? Where do we go from here? Author Rob Keeley KS2-3 Creative writing workshops designed to reflect on the world we live in at this moment in time, envisage the future.
Creative writing workshops for primary schools Author Jude Lennon KS2 Workshops to inspire pupils to find the joy in writing. The emphasis is on creativity, imagination, expression and writing for pleasure.
I believe AltruDrama KS2 A 13-minute film encouraging children to write creatively, using persuasive and commanding language to make their feelings heard on a subject that is important to them. Their pieces of work can be silly, serious, passionate or funny.

Please do also browse Culturepool for plenty more creative and cultural learning opportunities. They could fit into this term, or you could plan ahead for next year, or signpost young people to activity happening over the summer holidays. The latest offers include:

Technology and art sessions at FACT – free for your school to book

Free drama workshops for young women aged 14-19 – signpost your students if you think they’ll be interested: rehearsals start Monday 26th July for the full week

Finish This – a creative music making project from the English National Opera – for primary schools, bringing a fusion of opera, live film and animation straight to your classroom for FREE this Autumn 2021.

Good Business Festival hub – a new education initiative being delivered by The Good Business Festival – a three-day event across the city region from 7-9th July focusing on ethical, inclusive and purpose-driven business

Whole School Approach to Mental Health

This year’s virtual Now Festival is taking place on the 7th & 8th of July. Pre-recorded performances will be streamed throughout the evenings. Tickets are free and can be ordered using the following links:

NOW FESTIVAL 2021 – Wednesday 7th July Evening – Liverpool CAMHS NOW FESTIVAL 2021 – Wednesday 7th July Evening Date/Time. 07/07/2021 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Transition resources created for year 6 moving into 7 can be found in the following padlet:  

These are aimed at primary school classes; however secondary schools may also wish to use some aspects as part of their year 7 induction process.