Immersive writing day proves a huge hit with Broadfield Primary pupils

Date published: 19 February 2024

Broadfield Primary School in Oldham staged an exciting ‘off curriculum’ immersive writing day.

The day aimed to engage children in reading and writing in a fun, immersive and inspirational way.

The ‘off curriculum’ day offered them sensory and immersive experiences, which would inspire them to write and get them excited about their writing.

The school also wanted an opportunity to see real world writing progression from its two-year-olds and Nursery, to Year 6s.

The event was based around the David Wiesner children’s story “Tuesday”, where a small group of frogs take flight from their lily pads and go on a whimsical adventure that will invite children to let their imaginations run free and complete the fantasy by deciding what unlikely events will occur next Tuesday. 

The school was transformed into delightful scenes from the story and staff became actors on the day, taking up roles from the book, truly making the story come to life.

Children had the opportunity to visit the scene of the crime, set up in the school’s unique forest-school area, venture into a frog- infested ‘Swamp’, participate in a courtroom scene drama- voting on who was to blame, interviewed characters from the book and investigated scenes of the crime to help the police with their enquiries - where did all those frogs come from?

Following the day, they created a write up of their experience and what they took part in.

Elizabeth Moran, Principal of Broadfield Primary School, said: “I wanted to inspire the awe and wonder that should be a daily part of life in primary school and to excite children to see the mystery and joy in books. 

"I wanted a memorable day for our children as it’s always said that the things that stick with children into adulthood are not the daily maths and history lessons but the experiences which are different, exciting and out of the ordinary. 

"We all deserve a weird and wonderful day every now and again and what is more weird and wonderful than a cascade of flying frogs arriving at your school, closely followed by the police needing your help to solve the mystery shown in the book Tuesday by David Wiesner?”

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