Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Author, Anne Faundez has worked with many famous names in children’s literature. She talks to us about her love of books and where it came from.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others’ ideas

Luke Swann, author of Rosa’s code, talks to us about what inspired him to write his first children’s story.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Debjani Chatterjee, author, poet and storyteller, tells us about the attraction of writing about the cheeky character, Monkey King.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others’ ideas

Poet and writer Heather Harrison started to write stories early in life and continued throughout her career as a teacher. She talks to us about her inspiration for the retelling of the Lambton Worm.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Comprehension
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Wider reading
  • Drawing
  • Building on others’ ideas

Children’s book illustrator Becka Moor talks to us about finding her style and getting inside the characters she draws.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Creating great stories is a skill that we can all develop. We tapped into the imagination of Peter Dixon, author of Space Story, and tried to extract some of his top-secret techniques for writing.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Paul Mason, author of Sports Day on Mount Olympus, has lived all around the world and is currently writing and teaching in New Zealand. He answers our questions on behalf of your class.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others’ ideas

Author and poet Brenda Williams talks to us about her writing and how she found inspiration for A Thumping Great Rabbit right on her doorstep.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Clare Bevan, author of The Christmas Wish, tells us about daydreaming, Rhythm and Rhyme disease and the girl who inspired her first novel.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

We talk to illustrator brothers Simon and James Walmesley about their ideas, inspiration and working together on How the platypus got his shape.

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