Hour-long School Assembly Style Session
for P3 to P5 pupils (up to three classes) where I introduce characters & events from my Porridge the Tartan Cat series - lots of ‘joining in’ & volunteering!
Children explore each book cover and discuss the blurb on the back. They discover how Porridge became tartan, & analyse his character & humour. Using Gadget Grandad’s tripewriter, pupils have fun comparing fact with fiction.
We investigate the zany word-play in each book: quirky band names, crazy World championships, silly similes, terrific tongue-twisters…
We look at creative plotting: saving the planet from a giant Clootie Dumpling, putting on a Big Gig, rescuing Porridge from a pesky pet shop, turning Dad back from being a dinosaur, etc.
Essentially it’s about stimulating imagination & encourage children to think outside the box and the books!
[Followed by some Q & A + a book signing]
My interactive sessions encourage the audience to ask, and respond to, questions. LIT 1-07a
A former deputy headteacher, I use a greater range of question types with older children. LIT 2-07a
During sessions, I refer to life as a professional writer, and explore how my own experiences influence his books. HWB 0-20a / HWB 1-20a
Hour-long Workshop Session
The content is negotiable. I put my deputy headteacher experience to good use by creating stimulating & rewarding group / class activities.
Porridge the Tartan Cat related writing workshop (max 35 children) where I look at story writing & character creation & development.
We investigate key characters: Gadget Grandad does nothing on Sundays because for the rest of the week he is an all-action superstar! Porridge is a reluctant hero who unexpectedly manages to save the day. Isla & Ross are adventurous twins and great role-models. Groovy Gran has a secret musical past, Mum is a scientist with a wee problem, etc.
We look at differences and similarities, motivations & intentions. Plus the way humour runs through the stories & characters. We explore how Porridge describes things using funny similes (see sample sheet here).
Sessions link to the Curriculum for Excellence - to encourage communication & team work. Plus utilise thinking skills, develop tools for writing & create texts through creative writing exercises.
Why not have a longer 2 hour session with a combination of chat, stories, & interactive writing tasks?