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Planting Poetry: Sowing Seeds of Creativity in a Year 5 Class

Coles, J; (2017) Planting Poetry: Sowing Seeds of Creativity in a Year 5 Class. Changing English , 24 (4) pp. 386-398. 10.1080/1358684X.2017.1308806. Green open access

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Abstract

This article offers a case study account of a garden-themed poetry writing project run by a creative writing organisation in partnership with a class of 9–10-year-old children from a London primary school. I explore the concept of creativity which framed the five-week project and analyse the different ways in which the creative practitioner worked collaboratively with the class teacher to develop children’s writing, not least by adopting an open, inclusive pedagogy. Despite the obvious successes of this project, I raise questions about the role of creative practitioners working in schools and the ways in which special projects locate creativity on the margins of the mainstream curriculum.

Type: Article
Title: Planting Poetry: Sowing Seeds of Creativity in a Year 5 Class
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1358684X.2017.1308806
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2017.1308806
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Creativity, literacy, teaching poetry, creative partnerships
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040116
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