Year 8 creative writing draws inspiration from Jamie Oliver
April 6, 2021

Year 8 pupils at Rydal Penrhos produced some incredible creative writing pieces during the spring term.

During the recent educational lockdown period imposed by the Welsh Government that stemmed from a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, Year 8 pupils at Rydal Penrhos took this opportunity to enhance their creative writing skills under the online guidance and support of the school’s exceptional teaching staff.

As part of their development, each pupil’s work was based on the principle that by using just a few well-chosen literary techniques, their narrative writing can sparkle.

The idea for this project stems from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s book ‘5 Ingredients’ which is based on the premise that “Using five ingredients, cleverly combined, you’ll conjure up the most exciting food”.

Well, the same is true of writing and this really captured the imagination of Year 8 during the thought-provoking process, with teacher Chris Davies on hand to provide some helpful tips and take them across the entire process.

In each masterclass, the eager Rydal Penrhos pupils were introduced to five new complimentary methods – which they called “ingredients” in-keeping with the Jamie Oliver theme – before they were asked to their next paragraph in a short story all about a storm.

During the creative writing sessions with Mr Davies, they also covered some narrative theory and looked at the typical architecture of short stories before setting about drafting their work.

This is yet another fine example of the exceptional online learning provision provided for pupils young and old at Rydal Penrhos over the last 12 months.

The school worked tirelessly to provide its learners with structure, support, and a lesson timetable that was not too dissimilar to a normal day outside of COVID-19 restrictions. This ensured academic progression continued, individual goals were met and wellbeing was given a significant boost during such an uncertain time.

We created a special digital document using Turtl to feature the writing of Keira Luke, Megan Skinner, Finlay Perry and Ceylin Buckley, which is of an incredibly high standard. Well done to all involved.

Click to read Year 8 Creative Writing: Spring term 2021