Thursday, 27 April 2017

School Visit Marathon Report

Lyndon Green Primary, Birmingham
February and March were super-busy months on the school visit scene.

I was on the road so much I hardly had time to unpack my bags. There were some early mornings and long drives (including being stopped by a policeman right outside the school gates for a faulty headlight!) and several hotel breakfasts. There were lots of amazing World Book Day costumes too.


Here are the fantastic schools I visited along the way . . .


St Faith's School, Cambridge
Lyndon Green Junior School, Birmingham
St John's College School, Cambridge
Thorley Hill Primary School, Bishops Stortford,
Kensington Community Primary School, Liverpool
North Kidlington Primary School
Litcham School, Norfolk
The Perse Preparatory School, Cambridge
St John Rigby Catholic Primary School, Bedford
Thorpe House School,  Gerrards Cross
Howard Junior School, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

A massive thank you to all the pupils who joined in with the talks and workshops and made them so much fun with your enthusiasm and creativity, to the librarians, teachers and teaching assistants who put so much work and time into organising the visits and let me invade their classrooms, the dinner ladies who made sure I was fed and the school office staff who kept everything on track.

Here's a gallery of some highlights . . . in no particular order


An interview with author, Helen Moss from Thorpe House School on Vimeo.

Thorpe House School: Signing books for some of the brilliantly costumed boys - including the best Mad Hatter ever!

Thorpe House School: This Y2 class were all dressed as characters from The Enormous Turnip!

Thorpe House School: Some serious detective work!

North Kidlington Primary: A line-up of  brilliant bookish characters

North Kidlington Primary: Watch out for Gangsta Granny!

North Kidlington Primary: Talking about Saxon Treasure

Litcham School Norfolk: A meeting with the editorial team for our anthology  - watch this space!
Litcham School, Norfolk: Talking in assembly, dressed as Mrs Loveday - Gangsta Granny's twin sister?

You can read a lovely post all about my visit on the Litcham School library blog here.
Kensington Community Primary School: Working  on suspense scenes with Y6 

Kensington Community Primary: What could possibly go wrong?

St John's College School, Cambridge: Just one of the fantastic island maps the pupils had created

St John's College School, Cambridge: Just one of the fantastic island maps the pupils had created

Lyndon Green Primary School. I had great fun doing mystery masterclasses with all three brilliant Y5 classes
Lyndon Green Primary School Y5 had been reading Secrets of the Tombs as part of their Ancient Egypt topic

Lyndon Green Primary School. Just some of the brilliant work on Ancient Egypt





St Faiths School Cambridge. Posting with a lovely book display (photo, St Faiths newsletter)

Just a selection of the lovely thank you letters from St Faith's pupils - such a lovely surprise!

The Perse School Prep. Workshopping ideas with students in WBD costume (photo from The Perse website)

Read more about the visit here


Howard Junior School, Kings Lynn: It was an honour to present certificates at the spectacular end of term award assembly

Howard Junior School, Kings Lynn: posing with our Easter friends

We were even in the papers (The Lynn News)