Category Archives: School Visits

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!

Holtsmere End Junior School

Hello!

Derby Dales 2010 033The picture at the top of this blog is something my granddaughter made with one of her Christmas presents. Being creative is about taking different things and putting them together in a new way. So here’s a photo I took in Derbyshire of a bush made into a table and chair. Lower down are some hay bales made into a castle.

I’m looking forward to visiting your school on Tuesday 1st March. We’ll start the day creating a story together, thinking of ideas then voting for which ones we think are the best as the story grows.

Back in your classrooms you’ll then work in groups to make up stories yourselves. To do this, I’d like you to bring in something that you think might be good to include in a story. image002Don’t bring in anything precious or dangerous. Bring in something like a toy that’s not from a film or television programme. I have a set of coasters that sit in a tiny wooden rocking chair – so if it was me, I might think about bringing the rocking chair in. Try and think of as many ways as possible your object could be used in a story.

While you’re doing that, I’ll visit classes and tell you about how my latest two books, Us Minus Mum and The Milkshake Detectives came to be written. If you want to buy a signed one, bring in £5. I’ll also answer questions about being a writer.

If you look round my website you can find out lots more about me and what I’ve done. Meanwhile, I shall look forward to working with you all at the beginning of March.

 

Wellfield Junior School , Sale

Hello Wellfield!

What a great day yesterday was. I loved making up the story with you first thing. I reckon it took the museum people all day to work out the cryptic codes to find out where all the jewels were – and I expect one of them was an emerald hidden in a baby’s shoe. No idea is ever useless; it can always be recycled.

Well done to the Year 5s and 6s as well. I really enjoyed doing the workshops with you – good ideas and questions. Your teachers said you were lovely to work with and they were right!

So thank you for letting me join your school community for the day and making me feel so welcomed. Enjoy the rest of the term and may Watford win next time they play Manchester United.

Heather

 

The picture at the top of this blog is of a wood sculpture in a park in Sheffield. I spend my life taking photographs of interesting things I see.

I’m looking forward to visiting your school on Monday November 23rd. We’ll start the day by creating a story together, thinking about ideas then voting for which ones we think are the best as the story grows.

Back in your classrooms you’ll then work in groups to create stories yourselves. To do this, I’d like you to bring in something that you think might be good to include in a story. Don’t bring in anything precious or dangerous. Bring in something like a toy that’s not from a film or television programme. I have a set of coasters that sit in a tiny wooden rocking chair – so if it was me, I might think about bringing the rocking chair in. Try and think of as many ways as possible that your object could be used in a story.

I’ll also spend time with you as classes when we’ll create another story, I’ll tell you a bit about my latest two books, Us Minus Mum and The Milkshake Detectives, and answer any questions you have. Urmston Bookshop are coming to your school as well and will be selling the books for £5.99 each.

If you look round my website you can find out lots more about me and what I’ve done. Meanwhile – see you on Monday 23rd November and here’s a random picture of a rare albino alligator!

albino alligator

 

Parkgate Junior School June 8th 2015

Hello!

Nearly time for another lovely day with you all on Tuesday 8th June. We’re going to make up a story about dragons, knights, princesses and other characters that live in castles. I’m also going to talk to year groups about how I create story plot lines.

school 021Before my visit, make a list of people and animals that could live in a castle and why they would be good to include in a story. What do they do that makes them different to other characters? Each character needs to have something unique that the reader enjoys finding out about. Think of something funny they could do and also something brave. Your ideas will help your writing when I visit.

TMD coverAfter school, I’ll have my latest book, The Milkshake Detectives, for sale. It’s a mystery book and hardly anyone who has read it worked out who The Bear was – which I am really pleased about! I’ll have Us Minus Mum for sale as well. Both books are discounted to £5 each and I’ll be selling and signing them after school.

The picture at the top of this post george's shepherds pieis from my recent visit to America. A friend cooked a meal for us. Have a guess at what he called it and what the ingredients are (apart from the tomato ketchup on top).

Manor Farm March 5th

Hello Manor Farm!

This darlek turned up in an office near my housedarlek just before Christmas, so I chatted to it and it was happy for me to take one photograph. So here is the one photograph In took. It vanished the next day and never appeared again. On World Book Day I am going to make up a story with you using my six bags. As usual, I do not know where the story will go but I know you’ll think of some brilliant ideas to develop the story line.

121 heatherton houseThis picture is of the inside of my shed. I shall go in there next Wednesday evening and choose some interesting things to go in the bags; and you will be dressed in your book character outfits. I’m excited because I’m not always in school when you all dress up – but this year I am.

TMD coverI shall also tell you about my new book, The Milkshake Detectives. It is due to be published on April 2nd and I will be selling copies in school then. It’s set in a village where Charlie and Julia set up a detective agency. They just need a mystery to solve; and then they hear that a bear has wandered round  the village leaving clues. The race is on to solve the mystery; but other children are trying to work out who the bear is too, including Charlie’s step-brothers who are probably the most annoying boys in the planet.

The black and white photograph at the top of this posttunnel digger in Berlin is something to do with The Milkshake Detectives. The question is… what? If you look round my website you’ll be able to work out what.

Back in your classrooms, you’re going to play some literacy board games and explore some World Book Day websites. GOAT AT ODDS RARMSo it’s going to be a great day – and here is a photograph of a goat that I saw on a farm at Christmas. You can guess who I was with when I saw it…