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Back to school suggestions

When I opened the back door this morning, there was a definite autumnal nip in the air. The very early mist was beginning to burn off as the sun came through. End of August, the year is starting to turn and it’s goodbye to the long summer. Everywhere – from the internet to the local […]

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Back to school – but not yet!

In England, we have just about got to the middle of the school holidays, and already there are adverts abounding for Return to School materials! It seems way too soon because we’re still in the middle of August – and the weeks are still stretching ahead. Inkpots is based near Brighton in Sussex and we […]

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SATs support

This coming week in England sees the start of SATs test for children in Year 6. There has been a lot of discussion in the press and across the internet about the validity of such a system. But the children still have to go through this process so we have put together a fun sheet […]

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Music, maestro please!

During this coming half term, we will be listening to a variety of pieces of classical music at each Inkpots session to spark some ideas for stories and pictures. I have chosen musical pieces which have stories in them, so that we can talk about this in our sessions and do related activities too. Over […]

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Our top ten writing tips

We have gathered together a few tips to help our young creatives to start and then carry on with their story telling. We have also recently had a downloadable version produced so that we can share the information around more. Here then are a few ideas – with a version to download at the bottom. […]

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Go crazy with colour this half term

I have been putting together some activities for the Inkpots’ half term workshop which is all about ‘Under the Sea’ and have been looking at some lovely pictures of mermaids and coral reefs. Although spring is tantalisingly close, there are still many dull days and when I was doing the research I was struck at […]

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Inkpots books of 2015

A little late in the day, I have gathered our collective thoughts together about which books inspired, delighted and comforted us here at Inkpots in 2015. One of the delights of running Inkpots is that it is a gathering place for those of us who simply adore reading. Many of us grownups trace our love […]

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