Sixty children from Year 5 classes in state schools of Malta and Gozo recently participated in a Writing Stars day in Rome organised by the National Literacy Agency. The Writing Stars initiative is a creative writing opportunity for nine-year-old children who have excelled in the writing component of the English and Maltese annual examinations.
During this one-day trip to Rome, the children were engaged in reading and writing activities related to the capital city of Italy. Through a series of pre-writing strategies, they produced drafts of a number of written pieces. Throughout the day the children had a guided tour of Vatican City including St Peter’s Basilica, where they met with His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica.
During this unique field trip, the children visited also the gardens of the Vatican City, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna and the Church of Trinità dei Monti.
The Writing Stars initiative was inspired by the family writing activities, Xalati ta’ Kitba, organised monthly, by the National Literacy Agency, in various localities around Malta and Gozo. These activities are an excellent opportunity for parents and caregivers to spend quality time with their children in a fun and educational setting.