My visit to Burscough Bridge Methodist Primary was a landmark occasion. It was the 100th school I’d visited during the 18 months since Impossible Tales launched in 2014! What a fantastic rollercoaster ride it’s been.
The morning started with a whole school assembly where I pulled on the story waistcoat and shared one of the Impossible Tales. The children listened attentively for 25 minutes as we journeyed back in time and ended up on a pirate ship. After meeting the feared Deep Scar Davis we fortunately made it back in one piece.
After catching my breath, I joined the first writing group of Year 2 and 3 pupils. The children had read Blown Away from Impossible Tales before my visit so we recapped the main points before concentrating on the ending. We read a short extract and the children ‘magpied’ any words or phrases which they liked. After lots of discussion about alternative ways to end the story, the children planned their endings before drafting out a first version of their ending to Blown Away. The children worked hard and created lots of weird and wacky alternatives to my ending. They were so proud of their writing, it was lovely to see. Fortunately we had time for them to share their favourite sentences before I had to move on to the next group.
My second group was made up of children from Year 4,5 and 6. They created lots of equally crazy endings and worked ever so hard. I can’t wait to hear their final versions and hopefully I’ll get to share some on here.
After grabbing lunch, I popped back to each class to sign some books and chat to the pupils. It was lovely to hear their thoughts on the morning and I was thrilled to bits when they told me that they’d enjoyed our time together.
Thanks Mrs Kennedy for inviting me in to spend the morning in her wonderful school. It was a joy to visit!