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Children's Author Inspires Year 1

Exciting experiences are something we strive to provide our learners with every day, as research shows that children who engage with their learning have better recall, and are more persistent in striving to do their best and ultimately achieve higher academic results.

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One of these exciting experiences last term was a visit from author Neil Griffiths who came into school to work with our children and teachers in primary and his visit was a great success.

The children in Class 1U researched Neil before his visit and were inspired to create their own story sacks, as Neil does. They enjoyed his visit so much and were very proud of the story sacks they had made, that they thought he would like to see their work so they wrote him a letter to say thank you and were very excited to get a reply from him.

From Class 1U

Dear Neil Griffiths,

Thank you for coming all the way to our school in Shanghai. Thank you for signing all the books for us! Thank you for reading us stories. We liked No Room for Baby Roo when everyone was snug together. We liked when you were reading and when you went really really really fast. We liked the boat too. We liked when you turned Mr Clayden into a scarecrow too because he had a carrot nose. And he also looked very funny and sort of smart. We liked when the mice snuggled into the scarecrow to keep warm.

You taught us how to read stories. Now we read with voices so we can be real authors like you. We practise our reading before we do it out loud, and we really liked how you used words like CRAAAAAAAASH for the boat and we try to read like that too now. We keep track of where we are and breathe in the right places like you did. We read every page and every word and if we don’t know one, we try our best anyway and make a guess and use a dictionary.

We hope you still read at home! We hope you liked us too!

Lots of love from,

Class 1U

P.S. Just like you we made our own story sacks. We put in a photo, we hope you like it! We used lots of tricky adjectives just like you use in your books. We tried our very best to write our whole stories. We wrote our own version of The Little Mermaid. We also liked that we did a good job!

From Neil Griffiths

Dear Class 1U and Ms McMullen,

I have just woken up and put on my iPad and what a wonderful start to my day getting your email! I am so glad you enjoyed my visit. I loved being with you all!

I do hope you continue to work hard on your stories and it would be amazing if you became authors!

I love your photo the sacks look fabby!

I am off to another school today in England and it looks very cold so I am putting my woolly socks on!

Take care, best wishes and thank you so much for writing to me!

Neil