Re-visiting creative writing and drama: who was Samuel Godley?
On 20-22 November 2017 three classes participated in creative writing and drama workshops. After a brief review of Samuel Godley’s story, drama warm-ups started the day, effectively building concentration and teamwork through games in pairs and trios involving clapping, vocalisation and imitation. Word association games with a focus on Samuel Godley, the Napoleonic Wars and Regency London tested the knowledge of participants and showed that they had retained a good deal of information from previous sessions and were able to suggest complex words like “cordwainer”, “regiment” and “cavalry”. These associations would be re-visited later to create word banks and mind maps, so the game introduced the concept of detailed description. Borrowing from the Play-in-a-Day workshops, the children were taught historical songs at interval. Kate Morton’s original artwork was used once again to structure the session.