A number of Liverpool primary schools came together with Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP) to launch ‘In My Life’, a diary writing initiative which encourages children to share stories and write, enabling them to share thoughts, express feelings and take time to reflect.
The event took place at the Discovery Room at Liverpool Central Library, which proved to be a spectacular venue full of character and atmosphere. A number of schools performed in the afternoon with a wide variety of acts, including a signing choir, poems and diary extracts.
Children’s author, Frank Cottrell-Boyce was the keynote speaker for the launch and gave an entertaining speech about writing and read an extract from one of his books.
The launch also included Emy Onoura, the author of the book ‘Pitch Black’ – the story of black British footballers. Emy gave an inspiring speech on how important it can be to keep a diary and to write things down and also read extracts from his book ‘Pitch Black’.
The event concluded with speaker from Liverpool Learning Partnership and SIL detailing how schools can get involved and how to download useful resources. Children and teachers then had a chance to talk to some of the special guests from around the city and get some inspiration for their diaries!
Naomi Rose, marketing manager for SIL said: “The project In My Life is a fantastic platform for schools to showcase their creativity. We want as many children and young people as possible to get involved.”
Schools can do this in many media forms including:
- Putting pen to paper or taking to social media to record what they’ve done that day
- Capturing the richness of Liverpool by recording diary entries in specific locations
- Thinking back to how they felt when they heard their first Beatles song
- Placing themselves in the shoes of someone from the past and imagining their journey on a slave ship in the 1700s
SIL have also created a bank of resources to support schools which can be accessed at www.inmylifeliverpool.wordpress.com
Children and young people might want to keep their diary secret but if they choose to share it, #inmylife would love to hear from you.