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FOUNDATION & KS1 

FUN FACT CHALLENGE! 

Get your ENTIRE Foundation and KS1 years engaged in reading fun facts

with me and finding out answers to some extraordinary questions!  


IS IT A STORY?  MYSTERY READ! 
Introduces young children to different types of books  e.g. puzzle books, 

fact books, poem books. Lots of reading and some 'join in' stories too!


WATCH OUT! NIXIE'S ABOUT!  - talk
NOT about fairies! It’s all about invention and inventions, science and

technology - with fabulous flying contraptions, quizzes, and a vote for

the silliest invention!


OH NO! BUMBLEBEES' BOTTOMS! - creative writing workshop

A session designed to get the children to make up, and write down, their

own NIXIE THE BAD, BAD FAIRY STORY!


KS2

New for SEPT 2017:  For Years 5 - 8 and Years 6/7 Induction

My latest book: ‘DO YOU SPEAK CHOCOLATE?’ was inspired by children’s profound ability to set aside barriers to friendship. Jaz makes friends with Nadima, a

newly arrived Syrian refugee - by offering her a piece of chocolate!

DO YOU SPEAK CHOCOLATE?  SESSION 1 – about friendship, empathy and integration
This lively interactive session is about making friends, breaking down barriers, communicating . . . and chocolate! 


DO YOU SPEAK CHOCOLATE? SESSION 2 - with extra chocolate!
This fun, interactive session focuses more on chocolate - some history, some

science, and explores the magic and power of chocolate!

DO YOU SPEAK CHOCOLATE? SESSION 3 – creative writing
This session looks at how we communicate through language. It includes pictorial languages (including emojis), and top tips on writing dialogue both for books and for TV. 


CAN YOU READ BETWEEN THE LINES? - Inference and Deduction 

Using pictures, dialogue, text and games, this interactive talk helps

upper KS2 children understand the difference between inference

and deduction. 


FACT OR FICTION CHALLENGE - for the whole of KS2 together 

Linked to your own curriculum topics.  Who can come up with the best

fun facts - and how can we tell if they're real! 


SPACE – THE GREAT DUSTBIN IN THE SKY - talk 
There’s tonnes of rubbish in outer space! A talk about space with facts,

quizzes, writing tips and lots and lots of rubbish!  


ALIEN ALERT! - Creative Writing Workshop 
Create an alien or robot character that's out of this world! 


MISSION SPACE PLOT! - Creative Writing Workshop

Lean to plot some galaxy class stories - and come up with lots of ideas - 

because your first idea isn’t always your best idea.  


WIZARDING WRITING! - talk 

Includes tips on writing about magic and on writing dialogue, a quiz on WIZARDING WORDS (would they know a ‘grimoire’ from a ‘talisman’?), a vote for the WEIRDEST

WORD, and even - a magic trick! A talk designed to inspire some magical writing.


SPELLBINDING SPELLS! – Creative Writing Workshop 
A workshop designed to challenge children to widen their vocabularies when they

write fiction.  We build a magical word bank as they write some awesome magic

spells.  Why not compile your very own class Grimoire!


TRACY BEAKER ON TV!  - talk 

How Was The Story of Tracy Beaker made for TV?   I was Head of Drama

Development for CBBC and an Executive Producer and made

THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER and lots of other shows and I can tell you

exactly how it was done!


For full details of talks and workshops, and to book me for a visit:
 email me 

Quotes from school children:

"An extraordinarily amazing time"               

"The best day of school I ever had"

"We massively enjoyed it"              

 "I like doing writing now and I never used to"

And from a teacher:

The workshop was fantastic. The mix of real examples from the book and top writing tips, inspired the children to create their own amazing characters. The children were thoroughly enthralled and motivated from start to finish. - Kirtlington School

Member of

Society of Authors and Scattered  Authors Society

Patron of Reading

School visits 

MY TALKS AND WORKSHOPS . . . 

are for Foundation, KS1 and KS2. They are very lively and great fun! They appeal to boys as much as girls, voracious and less keen readers, and are based on all sorts of books – not just my own (fiction) books.  They support a wide range of curriculum areas and some are designed to support your own curriculum topics.  I charge £350 a day plus travel expenses. 

What you get . . . 

  • A fun-filled day of talks and workshops and a promise to engage, entertain and inspire your children. 

  • Free signed copies of two of my books for your library 

  • Activity sheets, and ideas for follow up class activities.  

  • Some blurb for to you send home to parents to publicise the event.

  • A chance for all the children and their parents/carers to meet me after school,

  • A book sale and signing - but only if you want it!