Firstly I wanted to say a massive thank you and well done to the team!
We have come a long way since the first conference in December. Not only have you created a fantastic idea, a magical world and inspiration to get Grimm mobile but you have inspired and engaged the children who we worked with over the course of the project.
As always when working in a large group it can be difficult to pull everyone’s ideas together and in fact all meet up at the same time to progress but as the project developed I could identify that you realised communication was the key to achieving the final outcome.
Our final result was achieved and you have created a theme based workshop idea that inspired and engaged children in literacy. In particular I have to say my favourite bits of the final outcome were the subtle places you managed to get reading and writing into the workshops. Including, but not limited to, the boarding passes, the departure board, the writing inside the safari area, the extra potion examples and all the additions to each workshop station.
You were able to identify the strengths and weaknesses from the pilot and move our Easter workshops on, this again took a lot of collaboration and communication. I know you have been an extremely hard working team and I hope you have all been able to see the benefit of the amount of work you have put in in relation to the final outcome. From the beginning of the project I was not certain how much of the organising I was going to be needed for and I had always hoped that as this was your project you would be able to pick it up as a group and steer it in the direction you wanted to go. I am very happy to report that I felt you did just that and so I was able to take on more of a guidance and consultant role rather than Project Lead.
One aspect I found very interesting from the whole experience (and some of you may have already picked up on it) is you, as a group, have been through the same process the children we work with at Grimm & Co. As you will be aware Grimm and Co’s ethos is very child led, the children are in charge of their own learning, I feel that your experience has mirrored this. In this approach, the more you engaged with the project and the more you invested and put in ultimately resulted in the more you got out of the experience. In addition, as a group, you chose the overall theme of the workshops which I also hope helped with your engagement and investment. Again this is an approach that we use at Grimm & Co to engage children in literacy, we allow them the space and opportunity to write about what interests them. Although this was unplanned I hope it helps you identify and unpick some of the pedagogy that links with this project.
You put in a lot of effort to create these workshops and on behalf of Grimm and Co I thank you all very much for your hard work and dedication. It has been a pleasure working with you all and we all wish you the best of luck with your studies and future careers. xx