Peculiar Primary
Nothing’s normal at a Peculiar Primary—not the school, not the teachers and certainly not the students. Inspired by Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School, the students in this creative writing and publishing workshop will work together to design the peculiar features of this wacky school and each develop a story about the unusual goings-on within their Peculiar Primary.
Learning objectives
Specific to this workshop:
  • Primary focus on setting and character development
  • Experience of collaboratively designing a setting
  • Applying the setting and its features consistently across stories
  • Describing a logical progression of events within a fantastical setting
  • Weaving other students' characters into stories to create intertextual references
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including using storyboards; using exaggeration and contrast for humour; showing characters' unique habits and personality traits through their thoughts, reactions and dialogue.
As a writer:
  • Be introduced to ECP process of writing, revising and publishing a story
  • Stretch creative thinking and take creative risks
  • Express ideas with detail and specificity
  • Slow down to elaborate each part of a story fully
  • Improve writing skills through individualised feedback from the teacher
  • Revise writing for continuity, consistency and focus
  • Practise proofreading skills and correct identified technical errors in their work to prepare writing to be published
As a learner:
  • Develop creativity and collaboration through a workshop environment
  • Learn to look at own work critically and consider how to improve it
  • Learn to be open to and respond to constructive feedback
  • Gain confidence as a writer by writing and publishing a story in a booklet for a real audience
Creative Writing & Publishing

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For children aged
8 to 10
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