We were delighted to welcome back our Patron of Reading, Steve Skidmore, on Monday 1 October for a series of fun writing masterclasses with our Y6 boys.

In small groups, the boys spent an engaging hour with the former teacher and hugely popular children’s author. He shared a funny incident from a summer spent on a Girl Guide Camp with his mum (and yes that was funny in itself) before reading the boys an extract from one of his early books based on the incident. The boys learned how he enhanced the real event in the story by changing the setting, adding one extra character, using repetition of ideas, and adding tension.

The masterclasses were filled with plenty of laughter and silly ideas as well as excellent advice on how the boys can structure their stories for maximum impact. They certainly left enthused and keen to try out the methods in their own writing.

We look forward to seeing Steve return for even more fun and inspiration when he works with other year groups later in the term.

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