Mapping Hackney Stories

Mapping Hackney Stories is an exciting literacy transition scheme that brings literacy learning to life for Year 6 pupils. Artburst worked with Victoria Park Books and a Steering Group including individuals from Hackney Learning Trust to raise funding, develop and deliver a pilot for the project in Spring/Summer 2012.

Based on an illustrated map of the writers and stories of Hackney, the project takes local places, people and narratives as a starting point for pupils to explore literacy through their relationship to the local area.

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A pilot for the project was completed in July 2012, involving Year 6 classes from Kingsmead, Lauriston and Grasmere Primary Schools in Hackney. The project included a 14-lesson scheme of creative literacy work that was led by teachers in the classroom and visits to the Geffrye Museum, Hackney Archive and local Libraries for custom-built sessions.

During the project, Artburst also ran 3 workshops over 6 days at each of the 3 schools. These action-packed sessions focused on working with 10 children from each class with the lowest literacy levels or levels of engagement in literacy learning. Over 2 days they worked as a team to devise their own stories, inspired by authors from Hackney’s history, create shadow puppets, and record their stories read out loud, with music to accompany them. One the last day each shadow pupet play was filmed. These 3 film were then screened to all children involved in the project, teachers, parents and project partners, at a Celebration Event at Dalston’s CLR James Library in July 2012.

The films can be viewed here:

The Dog That Found It’s Way from Darren Michael on Vimeo.

The Crash from Darren Michael on Vimeo.

Runaway from Darren Michael on Vimeo.

The project received a fantastic response from both pupils and teachers, with the Artburst workshops really raising the enthusiasm for their literacy topic when the children involved returned to the classroom. They also felt a real sense of ownership over the films they created, and the pride they felt at the Celebration Event when the films were screened was clear to all involved!

To find out more about the project you can go to the Mapping Hackney Stories website.

Mapping Hackney Stories was supported by funding from The Ernest Cook Trust and The Equitable Charitable Trust.