This was my first visit to Lord Street Primary in Colne. I’d been invited to go and write with the Year 5 pupils and do some storytelling.
The morning kicked off with a whole school storytelling session in the hall. I pulled on the story waistcoat and shared one of the Impossible Tales. Even though we didn’t leave the school hall, we ended up walking the plank on a pirate ship and tangled with one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, Deep Scar Davis. The children listened so well for nearly 25 minutes and it was a pleasure to share one of my stories.
After that I joined one of the Year 5 classes to do some writing with them. The pupils had already heard Blown Away from Impossible Tales so we recapped the story before the children ‘magpied’ ideas and language from a short extract. They then talked with their peers about alternative endings and planned out what they wanted to happen at the end of the story. They created some fantastic trump-related scenes and I found myself laughing out loud at some of them. It was a pleasure to see how enthusiastic the children were and they gave the writing their best shot. We shared some of the writes at the end of the session and I was really impressed by their first drafts.
I then hotfooted it to the other a Year 5 class and repeated the session. The second class also worked really well and I can’t wait to share some of their edited writes on here when they are finished.
I had a great morning at Lord Street Primary and it was a pleasure to work with lots of fantastic children and lovely teachers. Special thanks to Mrs Craig for setting up the visit. I’m already looking forward to returning later in the year.