St Francis of Assissi Southgate Crawley. 23rd 24th October.
In my capacity as a supply teacher I had been booked by a local school to teach in year 3. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the school was celebrating a book week and had visitors and events going on all week.
I was shown to Year 3 where the teacher had unfortunately gone off sick. I mentioned that I was an author and had only just received my completed book. The teacher in charge of organising the week was interested and suggested I might read my book to the class in the afternoon and perhaps answer any questions.
The morning lessons for both Numeracy and Literacy had a book related theme and we carried out the lessons as per the plans.
The literacy plan for the week had been about writing a book and today the class activity was to plan the cover both front and back including the spine, isbn number, book blurb etc.
This was perfect as there in my bag I had the proof cover for my own book so we were able to identify all the features to be included on a cover design and relate it to a real working progress plan.
In the afternoon I read my book to both of the Year 3 classes and then suggested they might like to ask questions.
The children came up with lots of very interesting questions:-
“Where did you get your ideas?”
“What is a ‘Playbus’?”
“What parts of the story are true and what parts are made up?”
On Friday I was asked whether I would talk to the children and show them my book in a whole school assembly. The idea was to tell the children that I was still the same supply teacher who visited on occasions and was an ordinary person just like them. They too could aspire to be an author I was nothing unusual or special just the same Mrs Wickstead who sometimes comes in to the school to teach.
It was an impromptu visit and lucky that I had visited that week and that the information I had fitted in perfectly.
At the end of the day I was asked to sign two books for the school.
Like all supply visits I never know when I will visit again or even if I will visit again. But hopefully it left them with a little idea of how they can write stories too.