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VISITING AUTHORS TO OUR LIBRARIES Primary School – Author Visit by Karin Littlewood
Reflection by Hannah McLaughlin, Class Teacher, 3H
n March we were incredibly lucky to have a visit from author and illustrator Karin Littlewood. She shared her book, ‘Immi’, with us and told us about how she illustrates and writes books. She introduced us to the idea of ‘story seeds’: these are pictures that could be the idea for a story. The students completed six story seeds of their own and hung them on a necklace. The idea is that you put that necklace on from time to time and see which picture you want to talk about. Eventually, a story will start to grow in your mind. When it makes you tingle with excitement, then that is the story that 10
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you are ready to write. Later, they took their seeds and began to gradually build up to the publication of their very own stories. The students started by drawing their story on either a ‘Story S’, or a story mountain to sequence their ideas and add effective vocabulary and ideas down around images. Next came the oral storytelling, in which they spent a long time practicing and improving their story orally, and even filmed final narratives. The final step was to learn how to fold and cut paper to create their own books, and then the children relished the opportunity to present their stories in their chosen way within these books! What a wonderful end to an amazing half term, in which the children were able to demonstrate their learning in the most creative, imaginative way possible!