Workshops for Schools

The Acton Scott Farm Poet in Residence project provides an opportunity for schools to access an artist-led Key Stage 2 workshop linked to the National Curriculum, and designed for a group of approximately up to 25 children.  To book, please contact Acton Scott Historic Working Farm on 01694 781540.

The aim is to give the children an opportunity to express their response to the special environment of Acton Scott Working Historic Farm through poetry.  Published poet Jean Atkin will lead the workshop, providing a fun warm-up activity to engage the children’s imaginations and build their confidence.  Then she’ll get the whole group writing (teachers may be asked to help scribe for children who would benefit from this at this stage) before helping the children gather their ideas together to create and edit a Group Poem to take back to school.  The actual process of writing the Group Poem will involve the children in specific literary and artistic decisions.

Jean & kids Penninghame 2013 cropJean Atkin is an experienced workshop leader who works regularly as a poet in schools and on projects in the community.  She is a professional member of NAWE and an award-winning and widely published poet.

Her website is at where you can read about her recent work in schools, and endorsements from a range of teachers and projects.



The process of this workshop will meet new National Curriculum statutory requirements for Key Stage 2 English, specifically:

– reflect on experiences, ideas or learning
– create aesthetically satisfying works
– discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
– compose and rehearse sentences orally, progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures
– propose changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency
– ensure the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing

Jean will be Poet in Residence for Acton Scott Historic Working Farm from mid-April to mid-July, supported by Arts Council England.  She is able to offer a limited number of specialist Poetry Workshops for schools who visit the Farm during this time.  To book, please contact Acton Scott Historic Working Farm on 01694 781540.

The workshop for each school group will last 1.5 hours and thanks to Arts Council England support for this Residency will cost only £50.


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