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Free Writing Friday

Year 6 were extremely excited about getting started with Free Writing Friday today. We introduced the idea this afternoon, in anticipation for our first Free Writing Friday session this week (28th September). This initiative is inspired by Cressida Cowell, author of the 'How To Train Your Dragon' series. It involves the children having their own special notebook to use in our weekly Friday afternoon sessions. They are allowed to write about whatever they like and teachers aren't allowed to mark their spelling, punctuation or grammar! 


The children were extremely excited to receive their book and design their front cover this afternoon, ready for their first Free Writing Friday session this week. Some even made a start on their first piece of writing. It was wonderful to see the smiles on their faces when they realised they were going to have this weekly opportunity to write freely, with no restrictions! They can't wait to get started. Some also asked if they could continue this at home!


Here is a letter from Cressida Cowell about Free Writing Friday:



My name is Cressida Cowell, and I’m the author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon, and The Wizards of Once series, as well as the Emily Brown picture book series. I’m also an Ambassador for The National Literacy Trust.


I’ve been an author now for twenty years, and hundreds of kids, teachers and parents have asked me what I think is the one thing they can do to encourage creativity and develop stories. My answer is always: have a notebook to draw and write just for the fun of it.


What makes this notebook special is that NO ONE is allowed to correct it. Your spelling and grammar and handwriting doesn’t matter in this book. What matters is that it’s a place for ideas and for FUN. Spend 15 minutes a week (or longer – it’s up to you) writing, or drawing in it. You can write stories, or notes from any exciting facts that you’ve found, or drawings, or comic strips, or ideas for films or little pictures of characters. You can write about books you’ve read or films that you’ve watched. This is YOUR notebook, and you can put whatever you like in it.


I started writing and drawing when I was very young, and I’ve kept notebooks ever since. Some of the story ideas I had about Vikings and dragons eventually became the How to Train Your Dragon book and film series. I still keep notebooks now – for my most recent series, The Wizards of Once, I kept a big A3 scrapbook for five years.


Here you can download some tips and starting points, because sometimes being faced with a blank notebook can be a bit daunting. If you don’t need them, that’s OK, you can start by yourself. The most important thing is that you enjoy what you’re doing.


Keep writing, drawing, and creating!


Cressida Cowell


Please use this link for further information:

We even received a lovely message from Cressida Cowell on Twitter!

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