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Friday, 30 March 2012

Thank you St Martin's RC Primary School!

A huge THANK YOU to Mrs McDonald and all the staff and children at St Martin's RC Primary School in Tranent near Edinburgh for a brilliant author visit.
All the children listened so well, P1 & 2 produced some amazing pictures of Noah Ramsbottom's journey through the prehistoric world, P4 & 5 wrote some brillant Noah Ramsbottom stories and P6 & 7 some great Sam Marsh plays. I'm sorry I didn't have time to read P3's stories but hopefully will be able to publish some of them on this blog soon!
Thank you everyone! 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Thank you Dale House School!

A big thank you to Mrs Fletcher and all at Dale House School for a brilliant author visit. I was really impressed with the creative writing the Year 2's produced.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Drama workshops for Years 5, 6, 7 & 8

For workshops with older children I do creative writing drama workshops.
I use one of my novels for older children (Sam Marsh: The Viking King or one of my two new novels Sam Marsh: The Battle of the Cloudships or Jacob’s War).
I start these sessions by reading from one of my books and then I outline what sort of script I want the children to write (I always give them choices). The children then split into small groups of four or five and start working together, brainstorming ideas. Before the children start writing I will give them pointers and tips on how to lay out their scripts and then they start their creative writing!
Writing time tends to be lively and really fun, and the children have to work together to produce the best script possible. I circulate through the classrooms and make sure the children are getting the most out of their ideas, making sure the scripts are progressing, encouraging and motivating, sometimes reining in a little!
Then it’s rehearsal time! After rehearsals it’s time to act out their plays to the rest of the group. Sometimes schools like to record the plays during the first performance sometimes it’s better to do this the next day in a quiet place.
Watch this blog for some brilliant recordings of plays!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

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In the third of the Noah Ramsbottom books Noah Ramsbottom visits the Magic cave and meets up with intrepid explorer Grandad Fred. But whilst they enjoy a ride on the Elf Express, Cormac and Seamus O'Plod, Gurglespink Leprechauns mount a daring take over bid for the Cave of Victoria. When this goes wrong they set their targets on Fort Sox, the Elf Bank!

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Thanks for a great day at Settle Primary School!

Dear Mr Bullock

Thanks for your visit to my class at Settle Primary on 2nd March. It was a super day and great afternoon. I enclose a recording of the play/sketches the children wrote. They had a lot of fun with them.

After you left one of my pupils went to the library and came back triumphantly with your book “Sam Marsh: The Viking King.” Yesterday she came in very pleased with herself having read it all and told us “It is a great book, a kind of adventurous fiction, like sci-fi, you should read it, really good, and I’m not telling what happens in case you read it."

Thanks for the day!

Mr M, Settle Primary School.

Visit Feedback from Feversham Primary School Bradford

"Rob worked at our school for 4 days with our Year 3's. He was very creative and his work was picthed at just the right level of our children. The children thoroughly enjoyed working with Rob and produced some really good, creative and imaginative pieces of writing which look wonderful on our display."
Sham A - Feversham Primary School, Bradford 14 March 2012.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

World Book Day Week!

A big thank you to Feversham Primary, Cavendish Primary and Settle Primary for making me so welcome last week! The workshops were brilliant!