John visited our primary school during the week of world book day. He was very flexible and worked with children from early years to year 5. Having spoken to the children, it is clear that they thoroughly enjoyed John’s workshops involving making pop up books in small groups. They then went back to class and asked to finish them. The finished pop up books really do look incredible and the staff and children have learnt many new skills.
We were delighted to welcome author Lou Treleaven to Codicote Primary School on Monday 9th March. She spent the morning working with our Early Years and Key Stage 1 children, starting with an assembly and then a series of workshops for classes, based on a number of her books. In the afternoon she read from 'Turns out I'm an Alien' to years 4, 5 and 6 and explained the process of writing a book from the initial idea to publication. The children were totally enthralled and all keen to continue reading the story to find out what happens. Lou was friendly, approachable and engaging - the children loved her and so did all the staff.
It was fantastic to have Lou in school - she went to all classes from Early Years to Year 4 and engaged with all of the students in a calm and lovely manner. The children loved listening to her stories and joining in with the activities and were excited and inspired to meet a real author!
We were lucky enough to have Julia visit us for a whole day. She worked with all the classes in our Infant School from Nursery to Year 2 sharing some of her books and how she writes them. It was such an enjoyable day and wonderful to see the children so enthused about reading and storytelling. Thank you Julia so much for providing the inspiration for lots of exciting writing projects across the school and for starting off our World Book Week in such style!
Sophie was excellent. The children loved her stories and the workshop for our school aged children was pitched well. The younger children loved listening to her read a story. Thank you for everything Sophie.
A lovely lady who really engaged both staff and children! Children loved her stories and were excited to get their books signed, she spent time chatting with children and staff and tailored each session for each year group. It really was a fun filled day that we will cherish and remember!
An was an excellent choice as a visiting author to enhance our Book Week activities. Our younger pupils were enthralled by her stories and storytelling and loved watching her illustrate. Our older pupils found her presentation about animation very inspiring. A fantastic day.
Joseph was absolutely wonderful with the children. He was very interesting to listen to and the children absolutely loved his talk and reading of his stories. They loved that he was an illustrator too and the workshop was amazing. The children all created wonderful drawings of Marvin and Mollie which they were very proud of and carried on completing in the classroom. Thank you Joseph, we hope you will be able to come back again.
Zehra led a series of absolutely wonderful workshops and assemblies. The kids hugely enjoyed themselves and told us it was their favourite part of our World Book week celebrations. I would highly recommend Zehra to any school. Thank you!
A very successful visit, thank you. The children enjoyed your input and we have incorporated some of your suggestions for story ideas into the work we have sent home during the school closure. Thank you, Christina
We booked Daniel to come and work with three schools in our MAT during a literacy festival. He spent three days working with the three schools. The work he did with the children was fantastic and really supported the theme of the week. All the feedback from the schools within the Academy was extremely positive. Daniel made a real connection with the children teaching them about how he writes and where he gets his ideas from to how he gets these down on paper. His workshops with KS2 were engaging and really gave the children a starting point to produce some fantastic writing in the week. I would absolutely have Daniel back in our schools to share his fabulous stories and work creatively with the children. Thank you Daniel for enhancing our learning in our literacy week.
We really enjoyed Emma's visit to Keevil school. All the teachers agreed that she was very good fun, held the children's attention, "got the measure" of any tricky children and was generally really lovely! We would highly recommend her. Thanks Emma
Lou was fantastic. She had lovely props to help her to tell her story. It was interactive for the children and they were totally engaged in the story. She was mindful if their age and got them involved by teaching them a song. The children loved it. I would highly recommend Lou.
Andy was incredible at raising the profile of reading and writing for pleasure. From the beginning he was friendly, had a really good relationship with the children and had us all laughing. I had really good feedback from staff about the workshops he ran right from reception to year 6, which is very impressive. He helped to achieve our aim of encouraging reading for pleasure and all the children wanted to do was read his books! Thank you Andy for a great day and an experience the children will never forget.
We were visited by Emilie last week and the pupils were completely engaged with her speech for the entire session and have taken away some fantastic ideas to get involved with their own poetry writing. She was professional and had a brilliant rapport with pupils straight away.
We really enjoyed our visit from Lou. She was incredibly accommodating and agreed to work with all of our year groups. Teachers reported that the children really enjoyed the workshops, and many were so excited about the ideas that she gave them that they wanted to continue writing their stories at home! It was a great day and she inspired us all.
Hi there! Cat's visit was very interesting. She worked with various school children and they really enjoyed her sessions. She is a very good storyteller and also animates her sessions with music and drama. She is very good in eliciting stories from the students to draft their ideas on paper. Thank you dear Cat for making for your visit in Malta a wonderful experience for us all! :)
Erika (National Literacy Agency, Malta)
Simon was fantastic. He inspired the children across Key Stage 2 with his life story and how he never gave up in his dream to publish a book. He motivated children to become readers and writers and was perfect for World Book Week.
An spent the whole day with us at school on March 5th 2020 and ran three workshops. The workshops were enjoyed by children and staff. An told her stories, explained how books are made and how she had become an author. This matched well with our whole school focus on literacy. Workshops were fun and interactive, each group were left with a follow up task. Would recommend to other schools without hesitation. Thanks An!
Thank you for your visit on WBD. All pupils around the school are still talking about your books. You have helped to promote love for reading at Riverside Primary. Your books are much appreciated and pupils are currently taking turns in reading them. Pupils found the session interesting, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed it. You have made WBD extra special for our pupils.
Julia provided engaging and fun reading workshops for all our years groups from reception to Year 6. She led a whole school assembly to kick start the day and did a story telling session of one of her books, which the younger children thoroughly enjoyed.