Children's author, Ian MacDonald visits pupils to celebrate SAJS's Book Week!
We were delighted to welcome Ian MacDonald into school this term. A former primary school deputy head and an accomplished writer, Ian has written more than a dozen titles published for 5-11 year olds (KS1 & KS2) including 'Skateboard Gran', 'Sam's Spitfire Summer' and 'The Mummy's Finger' to name but a few!
Ian gave a whole school presentation based on his book 'Mrs Wrelton's Dinosaur' (which featured on BBC TV and Radio) and ran workshops with all year groups on how to take an idea, develop a story, right through to publication and print! There was also the opportunity for pupils and their families to meet the author and purchase their very own, personally signed copy from a collection of titles available on the day.
Following his visit, Ian expressed his thanks to pupils and staff alike.
"Many thanks for inviting me to your lovely school yesterday. I had a great day and really enjoyed my time with you. Teachers and staff made me feel very welcome and the children were really well behaved and friendly. Children of all abilities worked enthusiastically in my workshops and produced some delightful work; some gripping suspense writing in the upper school and amazing alien descriptions in year 3 and 4. Some examples of writing I saw in year 6 were especially impressive."
Pupils were as equally enthusiastic about the opportunity to meet a 'real' author...
Hannah of Y6 said,
"The workshop was great fun and I enjoyed taking part!"
Year 3 pupils Valerie and Gabby commented,
"It was fantastic, interesting and I will use his ideas to help me with my writing."
"I really enjoyed listening to his stories and hope I will become a better writer"
Mrs Lynn Simpson, Literacy Leader, who organised the week-long event, explained,
"Book week was all about raising the profile of reading and writing in school; with a visiting author, illustrator, book swap and, of course the opportunity to get those creative juices flowing for our next generation of budding authors!"