World of Stories CPD Event – 4pm Thursday 21st September 2017


How using StoryWorld can enhance writing
John Gardner, in his book The Art of Fiction, wrote, “… whatever the genre may be, fiction does its work by creating a dream in the reader’s mind.” In other words, the writer’s task is to keep the reader under his or her spell. Descriptive imagery helps the reader visualize the context for the story, whether it be a poem, novel, short story or a play. StoryWorld @ The Word captures the creativity by immersing the audience in a world of their imagination. By using the room to write in, children will be inspired and demonstrate how imagery can enhance their creative writing.
This course leads on from the resources developed by South Tyneside Literacy Advisors of the Creative Text Literacy training and Teaching Sequences. You will have the chance to experience StoryWorld @ The Word and consider how the resource could be used to accelerate attainment in writing.

Expected impact on schools:
Participants will:
 Develop new approaches to accelerate attainment in writing
 Use immersive technology as a stimulus for writing

Who should attend:
KS1 and KS2 Teachers and Literacy Subject Leaders
21st September 2017
23rd January 2018
16.00 – 17.30

Summer Events

We are hosting some exciting activities for young people over the summer break in OpenZone and Fab Lab.

Pirate Scratch

Suitable for ages 9-12

Design and code your own pirate themed game using Scratch. this coding session will

Wednesday 26th July 10am – 12

Wednesday 2nd August 1:00- 3:00

£10:50 per person

Pirate Comic

Suitable for ages 9-14

Use green screen and iPads to create your own pirate digital comic book with you as the star!

Wednesday 26th July 1:00- 3:00

Wednesday 16th August 1:00- 3:00

Wednesday 23rd  August 1:00- 3:00

£10:50 per person

Pirate Animation

Suitable for ages 7-11

Create a swashbuckling digital animation. you will shoot, edit and enhance your animated movie using iPads in this interactive session where you are the creator!

Wednesday 23rd  August 10am – 12

£10:50 per person

In the News

Suitable for ages 9-14

Make the headlines in a hands on moviemaking experience using green screen and virtual set technology that put you right at the centre of the action!

Wednesday 2nd August 10am – 12

Wednesday 16th August 10am – 12

£12:00 per person

Laser fun for children

Suitable for ages 9-14

Laser cutting sessions for children.n Use your imagination and design skills to make keyrings, coasters or badges.

Wednesday 9th August 10am – 12 and 1:00- 3:00

£12:00 per person


To find out more and to book your place please visit

Kate Fox – Inspiring Poetry Writing

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Kate Fox ran a highly interactive and enjoyable session for the students, from which they all benefited.  Students who might not normally participate in spoken activities really shone.  After a series of warm up activities the students constructed a collaborative performance poem, which they then filmed in the Media Studio.  They also wrote their own poem, which Kate scaffolded, these were also filmed.  These poems really gave an insight into the personalities of the writer.  All the movies were then shared with the schools.

Virtual Reality Experience Day

We had a very busy day recently working with 110 students from a range of Primary and Secondary Schools in South Tyneside.

We were joined by Zoe Verrall from Aventis who kindly delivered sessions to students using Class VR headsets.

Students also worked with Google Spotlight Stories, Aurasma and Quiver augmented reality apps.

Everybody had lots of fun!

Spelling Bee 2017

Many thanks to all of the teams who competed in our 2017 video conference Spelling Bee.

We had 20 year 5 teams taking part from schools across South Tyneside.

Teams of 4 children competed against each other via Google hangouts in several days of heats. The top scoring three teams went through to the live final hosted at The Word.

Our finalists were

  • St Mary’s RC – Jarrow
  • Simonside Primary – Jarrow
  • St Aloysius –  Hebburn

It was an exciting final that we beamed back to the rest of the classes back in school.

The teams were evenly matched throughout the competition and we needed to go to the quickfire knockout round to decide a winner as St Mary’s RC and Simonside were tied at the end of the rounds.

After a tense few minutes the team from St Mary’s claimed the title of

Spelling Bee Champions 2017.

Well done!

All teams did very well and I hope you all enjoyed the competition.