Category Archives: School Visits

Epsom Primary and Nursery School

Hello Epsom!

The photograph at the top of this blog is of a slug. I’ve put it there because I lit a fire in our living room and brought in logs from outside to burn. The slug must have been attached to the logs and during the night crawled all over our carpet leaving a silver trail behind it. It must have been a very confused slug because its trail went round and round in circles. We found it in the morning and returned it to the garden. I do not like slugs at all.

I am looking forward to spending World Book Day with you all. We’re going to have a great day creating stories about aliens. I have a few that live in my shed so am bringing them. This picture is of a slightly bizarre experience I had running a family writing week. The alien spaceship landed,  the aliens got out of it and ran away when Bob the Builder turned up. We had a lot of fun creating, acting out and writing the story!

I’m also going to talk about how I write books with years 3-6 and with years 1 and 2, share a story I wrote with our sons when they were aged 4 and 6. It was later published and is called The Wooden Camel. I’ll have all the original props we used to create the story and also the illustrations I did for it.

The time table looks like this…

9.00 – 9.45 – KS2

9.50 – 10.30 – KS1

11.00 – 12.00 – Years 3 & 4

1.10 – 2.00 – Years 5 & 6

2.15 – 3.00 – Years 1 & 2

After school I’ll have my latest books to sign – Us Minus Mum which was long listed for the Carnegie (good for years 3-6) and also The Milkshake Detectives (suitable for good readers in year 2 and Key Stage 2). The books are £5 each or £9 for both.

Look forward to working with you all

 

 

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Bracknell

Hello St Joseph’s!

The photograph at the top of this blog page is of sprout pizza. Sorry – I like sprouts but sprout pizza was beyond what my taste buds could suffer. So I photographed it instead!

I’m looking forward to spending the day with you on Tuesday 27th February 2018. I have spoken to your teachers and we have planned a great day. Key Stage 2 are going to think about an imaginary place called Wiston Hill that has 6 houses on it, with weird and wonderful people and pets living in each. We are going to play around with story ideas and see what happens!

Key Stage 1 are going to make up a story about pirates.

I’m then going to talk to years 5 & 6,  year 4 and years 2 & 3 about how I write and get ideas for my books. You might like to look round my website and find out about me so you can ask questions.

At the end of the day I’ll read The Wooden Camel with year 1 & Reception. It’s a story I made up with our sons when they were your age. It was published in my book Stories To Make You Think.

Our timetable will be something like…

9.00- 9.45 – KS2

9.50 – 10.20 – KS1

10.30 – 11.15 – Yrs 5 & 6

11.30 – 12.15 – Yr 4 in Shaun’s Shelter

1.15 – 2.00 Yrs 2 & 3

2.30 – 3.00 – Yrs 1 & Reception

I’ll bring my books to sell and sign. They are £5 each or £9 for both. Us Minus Mum is best for KS2. Milkshake Detectives is okay for Year 2 and above.

Looking forward to seeing you all and working with you

Heather

Bishop Stortford College

Hello Bishops Stortford College!

What a great day we had creating a story that ended up being based on the story of the 3 Bears. I loved your ideas about the snowmen and the emperor penguin chick driving a tractor. Brilliant! Thank you for inviting me to your lovely school – and keep writing wonderful stories!

 

 

 

The photograph at the top of this blog is of a train in snow in Poland. I really like the photograph and hope you do too!

I will be meeting you all next Thursday when I visit Bishop Stortford College. I have never been there before but I enjoy going to new places and meeting people. The photograph of me is from when I was on holiday in Florida.

I’m going to share a very special story with you;  one I made up with my own sons when they were aged 4 and 6 called The Wooden Camel. I illustrated it and still have the teddy bears and other toys the story was written about.

After that, I’m going to make up a story with the Year 2s. I have no idea what will happen in the story go but I’m told you are learning about polar animals so some might turn up in it! Whatever we do, it will be fun…

 

Great Hollands Primary School, Bracknell

Hello!

The picture at the top is from Spain. I’m bored with the dreary, dismal weather we’re having so decided to think of warmer places!

I’m looking forward to working with you all at Great Hollands on 28th February. I’ve spoken to your teachers and we’re going to write a story using 6 bags and the aliens that live in my shed. If you want to make up your own story using 6 bags, you need 10 random objects and a die.

Our time table for the day will be…

9.00-9.45  Key Stage 2 making up their story

9.50-10.45 Key Stage 1 making up their story

10.45 – 11.15 Reception meet me to hear The Wooden Camel

11.15 – 12.15 Years 5 & 6  meet me

1.30 – 2.20 Years 3 & 4 meet me

2.30 -3.00 Years 1 & 2 meet me to hear The Wooden Camel

After school I’ll sell and sign my books. They are £5 each or £9 for both. Us Minus Mum is suitable for years 3-6 and The Milkshake Detectives is okay for good readers in year 2 as well as Key Stage 2.

 

Two Mile Hill Primary, Bristol

Hello Two Mile Hill!

What a great day we had on Thursday! What fabulous ideas you had and it was lovely to work with you because  you were so enthusiastic about creating stories. Your teachers said the stories you then wrote were really good. You all listened so brilliantly and I loved how confident you were sharing ideas. Your dressing up costumes were great as well!

Lots of you bought my books. I hope you’re enjoying reading them, especially Milkshake Detectives because you know how that book came to be written.

Keep working hard on your stories; keep them simple, when you edit, improve verbs and add details to make your ideas more interesting.

Enjoy reading! I enjoyed hearing these children reading really well.

Borrow ideas from writers; change them a bit to make them your own and use them in your stories.

Your school is a fabulous one and I loved my day as part of your school community – so thank you for welcoming me!

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I love the name of your school and wonder if your school is at the top of a hill. I shall find out when I arrive…

I’m really looking forward to visiting you on Thursday 2nd March which is World Book Day. I’ve chatted to your teachers and we’ve created an exciting day.

At the beginning of the day, each key stage is going to make up a story. I don’t know what will happen in the story as you’ll be creating the ideas. I’ll choose several of you to share your ideas with everyone else and then we’ll take a vote to decide which the best idea is.

You might like to bring an interesting object to school that could be used in a story. Don’t bring anything precious but look round where you live and see what you can find. Here are some ideas – a Lego person, pair of shades, coaster, something that’s come from outside the UK, a rock.

After we’ve made up our stories, I’ll be telling you about how I think of ideas and you’ll have a chance to ask me questions. Have a look round my website. You’ll find out lots of things about me like what this is a picture of…

I’ll have my latest two books with me – The Milkshake Detectives and Us Minus Mum . I’ll be selling and signing  them after school – for £5 each or £8 for both.

Meanwhile – I’m looking forward to having a great day with you.

Heather

 

Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead

Hello Galley Hill!

I’m coming to visit KS2 on Tuesday 28th February and as always, I’m really looking forward to visiting you. I’ve chatted to your teachers and we’re going to make up a story; and as usual, I don’t know what will happen in the story  because you’ll be coming up with ideas. I’ll choose several of you to share your ideas with everyone else and then we’ll take a vote to decide which the best idea is.

Have a look round my website and you can find out lots of things about me -like what this is a picture of…

I’ll have my latest two books with me – The Milkshake Detectives and Us Minus Mum for £5 each or £8 for both.

Meanwhile – I’m looking forward to having a great day with you.

Heather

Heatherlands Primary, Poole

Hello Heatherlands!

I’m really looking forward to visiting you on Friday 3rd March. I’ve talked to your teachers and we’ve created an exciting day.

At the beginning of the day, each key stage is going to make up a story. I don’t know what will happen in the story as you’ll be creating the ideas. I’ll choose several of you to share your ideas with everyone else and then we’ll take a vote to decide which the best idea is.

You might like to bring an interesting object to school that could be used in a story. Don’t bring anything precious but look round where you live and see what you can find. Here are some ideas – a Lego person, pair of shades, coaster, something that’s come from outside the UK, a rock.

After we’ve made up our stories, I’ll be telling you about how I think of ideas and you’ll have a chance to ask me questions. Have a look round my website. You’ll find out lots of things about me like what this is a picture of…

I’ll have my latest two books with me – The Milkshake Detectives and Us Minus Mum. I’ll be selling and signing them during the day and also after school for £5 each or £8 for both.

Meanwhile – I’m looking forward to having a great day with you.

Heather

 

West Hill Primary, Dartford

Hello West Hill!

I’m really looking forward to visiting you on Monday 27th February. I’ve chatted to your teachers and we have created a really exciting day.

At the beginning of the day, each key stage is going to make up a story. I don’t know what will happen in the story as you will think of ideas, I’ll choose several of you to share your ideas with everyone else and then we’ll take a vote to decide which the best idea is.

You might like to bring an interesting object to school that could be used in a story. Don’t bring anything precious but look round where you live and see what you can find. Here are some ideas – a Lego person, pair of shades, drinks coaster, something that’s come from outside the UK, a rock.

After we’ve made up our stories, I’ll be telling you about how I think of ideas and you’ll have a chance to ask me questions. Have a look round my website. You’ll find out lots of things about me like what this is a picture of…

I’ll also have my latest two books for sale – The Milkshake Detectives and Us Minus Mum for £5 each or £8 for both.

Meanwhile – I’m looking forward to having a great day with you and enjoy your half term holiday.

Heather

January 2017

Happy New Year!

I’m hoping you have avoided catching any colds or coughs. They’re not nice!

The photograph of the owl at the top of this blog is outside  the wonderful Disraeli Primary School in High Wycombe where I visited on Thursday 19th of January. http://disraelischool.co.uk/

I love being writer-in-resident there as the children and all the adults are great to be with. It’s a fantastic school. On the 19th they held a Reading Day, thinking about the books, the words in them and why we enjoy the plots, what makes a good book and who writes them. It was all based round The Very Hungry Caterpillar and I love that book! I created stories with each year group about the caterpillar and there was a before-school breakfast where over 100 parents and children ate hungry caterpillar food and read books together. After school I spent time with parents and carers talking about how important reading is and how to help children get better at it. Fantastic day!

I’m also helped my sister move house this month which we tried to make a fun thing it do. I was in charge of food unpacking boxes. My sister knows I’m nosey and knew I would enjoy doing that…

 

DISRAELI PRIMARY SCHOOL, HIGH WYCOMBE

Hello Disraeli School!

I am really excited about becoming your school’s Writer-in-heth at flea market for goffoSMResidence and working with your fantastic teachers to help your writing and reading become even more brilliant that it is already. I actually taught one of your teachers when she was in Year 3 – but I’m not going to tell you which one!

I am visiting you all on Friday 16th September. We’ll be making up a story in the hall. I do not know what will happen school 020in the story because you will decide that by voting for ideas we think of. What I do know is that the KS2 story will be about aliens and the KS1 story will be about dragons and castles and maybe a princess, a king and a possibly a fireman.

After we’ve created our story, you’ll draw a story board about it. If you want to you can change what happened in the hall story to really make the story your own. Then you’ll write the story, choose your favourite part to edit and then publish it in a little book you will make. It’s going to be a great day!

Us Minus Mum -websiteI will bring some of my books to TMD coversell.  Us Minus Mum is for Years  4-6 and The Milkshake Detectives is for Years 2-6. They will cost £5 each and if you buy one I’ll  sign it for you. You can hear me reading a part of Us Minus Mum on the Us Minus Mum page of this website.

Barter Books Bookshop in Alnwick
Barter Books Bookshop in Alnwick

You can find out a lot more about me on this website as well – like what my favourite sweets are, where I drove steam trains and where I was born. The photograph on the right is of one of my favourite bookshops – it has a model railway running round the top of the book shelves! I love finding quirky things and always take photographs of them. Like P1030250this bird’s nest built on top of a lamp post in America or this 20150616_101525-1_resizedwooden carving of a frog reading a book I saw in a park in Sheffield. There are so many wonderful things to notice!

Look out for interesting things today (and every day…) and I will see you on Friday!