Special day today - my last school visit of the term - all the way to LOUNDS JUNIOR SCHOOL, Chapeltown, near Sheffield, where children & staff are have organised a week to celebrate traditional stories. Saw a wonderful "claymation" version of the Gingerbread Man created by some lads in Year 6. Just sorry I wasn't able to see all the other films. Great ideas! Thanks for asking me along, everyone, and hope you have fun for the rest of the week.
However, won't be lounging around here as I have more than plenty to work on and/or catch up with. Now where's that thirty item "To Do" list . . .? Just remembered something else to go on it.
Interesting sign seen in a school recently: "Lucky Dinner Plate Competition". I can't help thinking of an enthusiastic child turning the plate upside down to look for the Lucky Message. Or maybe that's just what I would have done, eg "Ooops!Splat! Dearie me. Where's the dustpan & mop?" Must have missed some essential clue, I think.
CATCHING UP IN CUMBRIA - AND OTHER PLACES!
The cold won, at least for a while. Gradually started feeling bright & cheerful again, so back into action with a run of visits.
So greetings to everyone at SAINT PETER & SAINT PAUL PRIMARY SCHOOL
across in Rishton, Lancashire, to all at NEWBY PRIMARY SCHOOL
, Bradford, and to all the KS1 children at ST. AUSTIN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
, Wakefield. ST. AUSTIN'S junior's enjoyed a visit from author HELENA PIELICHATY
the following day.
On Wednesday, I drove across to Cumbria, for an afternoon in ST. BRIDGET'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
in the village of Parton (just outside Whitehaven) where I had fun chatting to all the young readers. I even had enough time for a walk around Whitehaven's harbour on Wednesday evening.
On Thursday, I visited a large Whitehaven school, VALLEY PRIMARY
. Happily I was in one room so I didn't have to try and find my way all round the building, carrying my piles of books and bags. Lots of enthusiastic children, so thanks to you all!
On Friday, I felt very honoured to be involved with the Cumbria Library Service's "Spellbinding Books" Reading Challenge.
No, I wasn't on their impressive reading list, but I was asked to be the "AUTHOR VISIT
", won by a keen pupil at STORTH VALLEY SCHOOL
, Milnthorpe. It was a great day, with a whole school session, a writing workshop for KS2, a KS1 poetry time based on African snails, and a sharing time & presentation at the end of the day. Many thanks to all who arranged my short Cumbrian "tour". It was really enjoyable!!!
Tomorrow is my last visit of this summer term. I'm off to tell stories at LOUND JUNIOR SCHOOL
, Chapeltown, Sheffield. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Battling with a horrid cold, so am writing this with a muzzy mind. Recent joys have included time helping with the RED HOUSE CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD
event at the Hay Festival. This is a wonderful celebration of a wonderful award, owned and organised by the FEDERATION OF CHILDREN'S BOOK GROUPS.
It is the only national award voted on by children.
Then down to the Gower, and Rhossilli Beach for a sunny Welsh weekend. Just a rapturous, relaxed time. Then back to . . . Well , back to a mix of school visits and family flu. Oh dear!
So this post carries belated greetings to the great Guiseley schools whose young writers joined me for a second set of enjoyable writing workshops at St OSWALD'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
on 5th & 6th June. Thank you for all your fine work - and thanks to the organising teachers too!
Plus a big hello to ELDON PRIMARY SCHOOL
, Preston, my school visit destination for Wednesday 11th June, though I was much sustained by strong cold remedy. Hope you enjoyed the five sessions as much as I did.
Now, let me struggle back to that sofa again, and hope tp be better for next week's visits.