"Storyspinner exploded onto the timetable and, from a child’s point of view, Thursdays had never been so exciting. The preparation and planning of the weekly sessions couldn’t have been simpler.
However, the pièce de résistance of the initiative had to be the movie style trailer which appeared on our computer as if by magic and regular as clockwork each week. This added teaching dimension appealed to the children greatly and this was reflected in the work that was produced. The Storyspinner never missed a beat - every child had some of their creative talent represented in the final story.
The weekly instalments allowed the children time and freedom to explore their own creativity and this was seized upon as everyone had something to offer. In fact Storyspinner has been cleverly designed to cultivate and foster a love of writing whilst stimulating and encouraging creative thinking - a clever concept indeed.
The Storyspinner cajoled, enriched, excited, honed and opened minds - and for that our children are better equipped to face any creative writing challenge that comes their way.
Storyspinner allowed the children to flirt with their creativity; work outside the parameters of a normal timetable; and gain valuable experience in the process. Amesbury now has an explosive story-writing culture and the English staff are constantly on the look out for new modes of teaching. Was it worth it? A resounding yes!"
Denise McCulloch, Librarian, Amesbury School