The Long Eaton School, Derbyshire

Thursday 22nd June This was easily one of my favourite school visits of the year. Sue Raybould, Long Eaton’s Information Centre Manager, did a fantastic job of organising everything and making sure that the three workshops ran like clockwork. The library was set up perfectly for the writing sessions, with some rather lovely decorations! Usually I deliver pretty much the same workshop to each group … Continue reading The Long Eaton School, Derbyshire

Palm Bay Primary School, Margate

Friday 9th June After a few weeks of secondary school workshops, it was nice to return to my comfort zone a little. A great primary school is such a positive, welcoming place, with a really special learning environment. Palm Bay in Margate is a perfect example of that. It’s also got the best school view that I’ve come across so far. In the morning, I … Continue reading Palm Bay Primary School, Margate

Making Non-Fiction Fun at Woodside High!

Monday 5th June and Thursday 8th June Last week, I took part in Writer’s Week at Woodside High School in North London. It’s a brilliant initiative, aimed at introducing the students to a range of writing styles and genres. My focus is Non-Fiction – Fun Non-Fiction to be precise! I think non-fiction can sometimes be a difficult concept for children. While they (hopefully) associate fiction … Continue reading Making Non-Fiction Fun at Woodside High!

Scottish High School Tour

Thursday 18 May – Paisley Grammar Friday 19 May – Renfrew High Monday 22 May – Gleniffer High Tuesday 23 May – Castlehead High Wednesday 23 May – Park Mains High & Linwood High Thanks to Renfrew High’s amazing librarian Clare Hemsworth, my one-day Scottish visit turned into a full-blown Scottish tour! As my plane arrived at Glasgow Airport, I was excited but a little nervous. This … Continue reading Scottish High School Tour

St Michael’s Primary School, Reading

Wednesday 10th May I love visiting great primary schools and St Michael’s is one of the best I’ve visited. From the moment I arrived – bleary-eyed after an early London train – I could tell that I was in a reading-friendly environment. My focus for the day was Years 3 and 4, an ideal audience for the Heroes Football series. The kids were excited but well-behaved … Continue reading St Michael’s Primary School, Reading

West Felton Primary School, Oswestry

Wednesday 3rd May Two weeks ago, I finally made my journey up to the England/Welsh border to visit West Felton Primary. I had been looking forward to it ever since their Year 5/6 teacher Helen Hughes sent me the brilliant letters that her pupils had written (see earlier post ‘Book Reviews!’). After a warm welcome from staff and pupils, we got down to workshops: first Y3/4 and … Continue reading West Felton Primary School, Oswestry