For World Book Day week I travelled to Leicester, to do a day of dolphin related activities with the children at Thistly Meadow School in Blaby. I drove up in my camper van, Daphne, who whilst being yellow and adorable is also old and unreliable, so I was relieved to arrive in Leicester in one piece!
The day was fantastic. I really love doing school visits anyway, but this one was really special. The children were all dressed up as their favourite book characters, and both children and staff were super-welcoming and enthusiastic. I did an assembly to the whole school, followed by writing workshops for years 2-5.
The workshops were brand new, and I was really pleased with how they went down. It's hard planning workshops when you don't have any prior knowlege of the pupils, and only a limited time with each group to get them inspired and producing something - particuarly when they haven't read the book. So I focussed on creating animal characters, and producing character 'fact-sheets', and they blew me away with how much creative energy they put into their work! There were some fabulous ideas: a karate-chopping guinea pig, a humpback whale music teacher and the Littlest Shark in the Ocean - to name a few! I really wish I'd had a bit more time so we could have gone on to develop some plot ideas from their characters - I'd love to find out what adventures they had!
All in all, I had a fintastic day and I hope the children enjoyed it as much as I did. I'd like to say a special thank you to the Headteacher, Mr Bowpitt, to David Hill for organising everything, and to Lisa Smith for the fab photos.