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Ian leading a writing workshop with our Year 5 children.
‘As part of our Reading week last week, we invited the Author Ian MacDonald in to hold writing workshops with Years R-6 on Monday 14 January. Each phase focused on one of three of his best sellers: Mrs Wrelton’s Dinosaur (Yr1&2), Magut the Alien (Yr3&4) and The Mummy’s Finger (Yr5&6).
Ian helped the children to draw images in their mind to plan their own stories and used visual mapping record their ideas. The children learnt about a variety of devices to engage the reader including ‘keeping the reader guessing by withholding information’ and using ‘short, sharp sentences to create pace and tension’.
The children then completed follow up work in class to fully immerse themselves in his stories including marauding mummies, strange aliens and even a skateboarding granny!’