On World Book Day all of our KS3 students read Hey You Down There by Harold Rolseth, a short story about a cruel farmer, Calvin, and his long suffering wife, Dora, who discover some mysterious creatures living at the bottom of their well.
In response to this, students were invited to write their own short stories, and we received some wonderful, imaginative entries. The writers of the winning entries were rewarded with Amazon vouchers.
Mr Sharrock, English teacher and Saint Paul’s literacy coordinator, said: ‘Creative writing boosts your imagination as you create new worlds, situations and characters in your work. When you’re creating characters in your writing, you’ll be building personalities, emotions and world views that are different from yours. In doing so, you’ll be developing your empathic skills, gaining an understanding for others’ views who don’t experience life in the same way as you.’