South Norwich school uses art at Sainsbury Centre to inspire writers

Framingham Earl High School has been leading an effort to get year five and six pupils inspired to write with the use of art.

Pupils from eight different South Norwich schools made visits to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art and were inspired by works such as The Little Dancer by Edgar Degas, dating from 1881.

The pupils wrote a number of short stories and poems as well as hand crafting books to write them in.

Hazel Garrity, Head of English at Framingham Earl High School, which takes in a number of students from the eight schools involved, devised the programme.

Mrs Garrity said: 'It says much for the children's commitment and enthusiasm that they continued to develop and polish their writing and pictures in their own time between the weekly sessions.'


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Yesterday the children revisited the objects and read works to an audience of teachers, parents and carers.

'It's the kind of thing they cant find in a classroom,' said Mrs Garrity.

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'It's educational and exciting, they've benefited by writing about something they don't usually deal with.'

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