PSHE in literacy with A Town Explores A Book 2024

Lorna Watson, assistant head, St Paul’s Church of England Academy
The A Town Explores A Book ‘8 Ways to Connect’ schools engagement programme innovates PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) learning within literacy.
E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children features three children who explore their world in exciting adventures. They also quarrel as siblings do.
The 2024 Choose2bKind drama workshops will explore the quarrel over a garden rake, a small disagreement between Bobbie and Peter that quickly escalates, leading to Peter becoming seriously injured.
Children in the participatory workshops will be able to take on roles in the forum theatre construct to try out healthy ways of navigating this situation. It’s a creative way to explore the book and consider its relevance in contemporary life. Participants have agency in the lively, creative process.
In designing this festival project, the team have met with Senior Management Team and SENCO leads in festival schools to ensure that the project is relevant to schools’ varying Wellbeing, Anti-Bulling and Equality Diversity Inclusion  policies.