Celebrations for Wise About Words

The Wise About Words programme is about to enter a new era.  

Teachers from across the Wensum Trust have been celebrating the end of a two-year-programme which has been having a positive impact in our classrooms.

Wise About Words has been running across the Trust’s Infant, Junior and Primary Schools in partnership with Norwich Theatre, and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The programme uses drama and storytelling to support children in their love of stories, gain life skills and build emotional language.

A total of four professional creative artists and 16 teachers took part in Wise About Words who h

Joe Mather, a teacher at Firside, said: “This project enables every child to have a voice and fully immerse themselves into their learning by exploring characters and feelings. This also aligns to emotion coaching with children also able to better identify and express their own emotions. It’s a relational approach to learning which is paving the way for each individual to be successful.”

Now that the programme has come to the end of its funding, those techniques have now been put together in a toolkit, which teachers can use throughout the whole curriculum. 
Angie Hamilton, Primary Strategic Lead for the Wensum Trust, said: “I would like to thank Norwich Theatre, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and all of our teachers who have supported Wise About Words. I hope teachers across our schools will now use this toolkit to help them take a holistic approach to education that nurtures creativity, imagination and self-expression.”