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Creative Camelot and Calligraphy:  Writing with real hand-writing



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A mysterious cursed lady is locked away in a medieval tower, overlooking the legendary Arthurian city of Camelot.

Why is she there?

What is the curse?

Will Sir Lancelot save her?

Building advanced writing skills through the dramatization of Arthurian Legends, poetry and stories, based on Tennyson’s themes and characters. Children read, analyse, research Arthurian legends and Victorian images, re-craft, edit and present using Gothic style calligraphy and magical dramatization.

In this exciting new programme we will:

  • Read and analyse the story poem of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott’. Using illustrations and modern videos showing the art and characters of the Victorian era, children will unravel the mysterious curse.
  • Learn some key words, phrases, rhythms and rhymes in poetry created by Tennyson.
  • Analyse the themes of joy/love/jealousy/slavery comparing the Medieval and Victorian eras with the modern world.
  • Develop creative writing skills, learn how to structure story poems and embed traditional language into modern writing.
  • Learn how to write with an authentic italic-nib ink pen to create Gothic style calligraphy.
  • Share and re-craft poems, edit and combine our ideas and video a performance of the fascinating curse of Camelot.

Learning outcomes

  • Read aloud with appropriate expression

  • Compare and contrast text, illustrations, art work and video representations

  • Identify and analyse themes in literature and life

  • Build vocabulary for analyzing poetry and legends

  • Build knowledge of the origin of words and phrases

  • Use and apply traditions of 19th Century poetry to own structures

  • Understand and create using the full writing process from planning to presenting

  • Perform a piece of poetic drama, acting, articulating, expressing and critiquing


  • 1.5 hours per week for 8 weeks

Target Age

11 - 16 year olds


Tuesdays 9 - 10.30am