Wallisdean Infant School pupils meet author Paul Geraghty

Pupils at Wallisdean Infants School in Fareham got to meet author Paul Geraghty during a visit to the school. (left to right), Eleanor Litchfield (six), George Ayres-Swatton (seven), and Kai Craig-Lummis (five).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150549-7)
Pupils at Wallisdean Infants School in Fareham got to meet author Paul Geraghty during a visit to the school. (left to right), Eleanor Litchfield (six), George Ayres-Swatton (seven), and Kai Craig-Lummis (five).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150549-7)

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At Wallisdean Infant School we have been taking part in Book Fortnight, writes assistant headteacher Zoe Evans.

This was launched on World Book Day when the children all dressed up as their favourite book character.

We held a fancy dress competition in which children had to dress as their favourite character.

They also had to write a competition entry to explain why they had chosen this character. All the children took part in a fancy dress parade as well, to show off their fantastic costumes.

During the day Year 2 Leaders from our Children as Leaders Initiative visited classes in Reception and Year 1 to read the class stories by Paul Geraghty.

Paul Geraghty is the author/illustrator of numerous picture books typically centred on wildlife and environmental issues including Slobcat, The Hunter and The Great Green Forest.

From this day children then spent a week finding out about the books written and illustrated by him.

The youngsters spent the week reading his books in and out of class.

They were also given the opportunity to look at his illustration and take part in drama and writing activities based around his stories.

At the end of the week Paul visited the school and spoke to all the year groups.

The children were so excited to meet the author after spending a week getting to know his stories.

Paul talked to the children about being an author, how he was inspired and motivated to write stories and how his ideas developed.

He also demonstrated to the children the stages of completing an illustration and shared one of his stories Dinosaur in Danger.

Following on from Paul’s visit the children will be writing stories and completing their own illustrations based on his books.

We feel it is important for children to have real-life experiences throughout the curriculum.

An author visit motivates children to read for pleasure and be inspired to be creative in their own storywriting.

It has also helped children at the school develop their drawing styles.

Some of the pupils have also decided to create their own versions of Paul’s stories.

This has an impact on both their reading and writing progress.

As a school this year we have also been focused on enriching our art curriculum so meeting an artist in the form of an illustrator supports children’s development in drawing and sketching.