At Westwood, we use a technique called ‘Imagineering’ to inspire and engage the children in their learning. When using Imagineering in writing the children can fully immerse themselves in the writing, allowing them to feel a purpose in what they are producing. Imagineering may offer the children a ‘problem’ that they need to solve and they can explore this through their writing. It can be used to develop a clear understanding of a setting, character or situation through the use of drama. Imagineering also provides opportunity to ‘hook’ the children in to a piece of writing.
Physical active learning is an approach used at Westwood as a method to motivate children and enhance their learning experience. This is achieved through a whole school approach called ‘Burn 2 Learn’. This combines cross curricular learning (including writing) with moderate to vigorous physical activity as children are taught whilst moving around the classroom or outside. In writing, children complete a range of ‘Burn 2 Learn’ activities ranging from the teaching of the genre, the specific writing objective for the writing lesson and generating ideas to include within their writing.