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Prior to World Book Day our Early Years children and our KS1 children at Heronswood Primary School had a special visit from Natalie Pritchard a children’s author.

During her visit Natalie did an assembly where she shared the story of ‘Sully the Seahorse’ which delivered the important messages of perseverance and building confidence and self-esteem within children. She also offered an ‘Ask the Author’ question and answer session for the KS1children about her books, her career and her writing.

Each class had the chance to spend time with Natalie in their classroom, partaking in sea themed activities and growth mindset activities. She also shared her second book ‘Monty the Manatee’ in each classroom. 

A Year two child said – “I liked having the opportunity to have one of her books.  I will read it every night.”

The Year Two children are also taking part in an exciting writing competition, following the visit from Natalie.

“We are designing our own sea creatures, making front covers and then writing a story. Two stories will be chosen to be shown to Natalie and then she will choose a winner. I’m very excited because I might win! I don’t really mind if I don’t win because I’ll have tried really hard.”  Year 2 child.

Miss Manning, the EYFS lead said, “It was lovely for the children to see a real life author, reading the books she had written.  The children were so engaged and enthusiastic when listening to the stories and they loved taking part with the actions for Natalie’s song.”

In the picture – from back left Ameline DeTorre aged 7 - Year 2, Matthew Dipaola-Smith aged 5 - Reception, Maisie Coglan aged 5 -  Reception and Charlie Blunt aged 6 - Year 2.

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