Illustration from ‘James & Leila’ by Year 2, Drew Primary School.

Catching Words inspires a love of creative writing, encourages oracy and builds confidence.

What is Catching Words?

  • A 9 week literacy programme, in your school
  • Years 2-4
  • Professional poets, writers and storytellers
  • Working together to create a class picture book – each pupil will receive a printed copy
  • End-of-project visit to Discover
  • CPD for teachers
  • £500 per class
  • Limited availability – we recommend booking soon to avoid disappointment.


Now recruiting classes for November 2019, find out how to get your class involved here.

Teachers will receive CPD and resources to support all three areas of delivery.

A Discover Story Builder will work with the pupils throughout the programme to provide support to pupils during the sessions and liaise with artists and teachers throughout.

Catching Words is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Man Charitable Trust. Your school’s £500 contribution represents around 20% of the actual cost of providing this inspiring project in your classroom.

For more details or to book email 

Catching Words takes place in the classroom over nine weeks and is split into three stages:

  • Poetry:

    A poet will bring live performances into the classroom and explore words and language through creative activities, supporting pupils to develop their linguistic and oracy skills.

  • Storytelling:

    A story teller works with group on narrative, character and setting through interactive storytelling and story planning methods.

  • Writing:

    A professional writer works with the group to collectively write a story, as a class. Using a range of creative techniques, the story is facilitated by the writer but created and illustrated by the pupils

“The range of approaches and delivery styles by all the guests kept the children engaged. Children would show great enthusiasm when told about their catching words sessions and some reluctant learners, who usually don’t contribute to sessions, began to put their hands up and shared their ideas.”
– Participating Teacher, 2017

“An excellent experience for all children involved which was real, valuable and useful for lifelong literacy learning. All the staff were thoroughly engaging and connected with the class immediately. They were highly professional, tactful and showed great awareness of the varying needs within a class.”
– Participating Teacher, 2017

Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Man Charitable Trust