I’d visited Holy Trinity in January to share the Tales and Eric so I was thrilled to bits to be invited back for some storytelling and writing workshops.
The morning kicked off with a whole school assembly where I shared one of the Impossible Tales. I pulled on the story waistcoat to share the story, ‘Junk in the Trunk’. The children listened beautifully as we journeyed back in time and ended up on a pirate ship with the most feared pirate on the high seas – Deep Scar Davis. Fortunately we all made it back in one piece! The children listened for twenty minutes and it was pin-drop time – brilliant!
I headed back to class with Class 3 (Y3/4) for a writing session. We focused on the ending of Blown Away from Impossible Tales. The children ‘magpied’ words and phrases from my story and chatted to their partners about other possible endings. After lots of idea sharing they planned their alternative ending and then had a go at creating a first draft. We finished by listening to some of the children’s super sentences. I was really impressed by what I heard.
After break, I repeated the session with Class 4 (Y5/6) and they worked just as hard. We had lots of brilliantly crazy ideas for the final scene which features the main character letting go a huge trump as he uses his gastric problems to his advantage.
The two classes are going to edit their writing then hopefully I will be able to showcase some examples on here. I’m excited about reading the finished pieces because from what I saw the potential for some wow writing was very high.
Big thanks to Mrs Doney for setting up the visit. I had a marvellous time at Holy Trinity and it was a joy to work with lots of lovely children and their fantastic teachers. Hopefully I’ll see them all again soon.