5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)
can think of nothing more exciting than exploring a new country with the different tastes, smells, sights, languages and
customs that make it so interesting, and the similarities between people that make it so reassuring.
My stories are set in the Arab World and Africa where I have lived and
worked as a teacher and journalist and I try to bring a bit of this other culture into the classroom. Using sound and
music, food, language and writing for example, I try to introduce children to another world, which is different to and
yet the same as their own.
I also aim to enthuse children
about writing, books and their own creative abilities through exchanging ideas and activities, which will hopefully spark
off their imaginations and show them that they too can write and illustrate.
With Reception classes, I use Can you hear the sea? which is set in Ghana as a base for
further activities that can include building a sound picture, listening games or colouring in work using
illustrations from the book.
With KS1 classes, I look at
the various stages of a picture book from its initial draft, through the editing process to the finished product. After
'spot the difference', we discuss reasons for changes and whether they work and then go on to develop a story or piece
of artwork of their own.
With KS2 classes, I look at book
development and use Sandstorm, which is a time slip novel set in ancient and modern Egypt, to look at story elements such
as plot, characters and background, before helping students develop their own ideas.
These are an outline of ideas. I am happy to fit in with specific requirements.
My work is best suited for reception, KS1, KS2 and KS 1+2 and I prefer
to work with one class at a time
My rates are in line with
those recommended by the Society of Authors
I have published two books for
| ||Can you hear the sea? (isbn:0-7475-7657-2)|
Picture-book for 3-7 year olds. Sounds and listening; grandparents, other places, nature, Africa
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| ||Sandstorm (isbn:0-521-62927-6)|
Adventure story for 8-11 year olds set in Egypt.
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Other search criteria:Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13
picture books, chapter books, adventure stories,
multicultural, Egypt, Arab World, Africa, Ghana, family, grandparents