We were delighted to welcome Tamsin Cooke to our school on Monday to visit the children in Year 3 and 4. Tamsin is the author of ‘Cat Burglar’ which the children have been reading as part of their book talk over the last term. Tamsin turned up dressed in full Cat Burglar costume complete with NVGs (Night Vision Goggles to you and me}, there was even a rumour going around school that she had been spotted on the roof then scaling down through an open window into the hall. Full of energy and enthusiasm Tamsin had the children totally engaged and enthralled with her presentation. She moved with such pace that it was difficult to capture a photograph as you will see below.
Tamsin talked to the children about why she wanted to become a writer (although she did originally want to be a mermaid), what inspired her to write ‘Cat Burglar’ (it was a dream) and how you can write interesting stories. She invited the children to take part in choosing an object they really desired and making them think about what obstacles could be placed in the way to prevent the hero achieving this goal. This was all done through interactive role play which caused much hilarity amongst the children.
We also got a sneak peek and a small clue about what secrets would be revealed in the sequel ‘Mission Gone Wild’ which is due to be released next week on the 7th July. Tamsin read the children an extract from the book and introduced us to a new spirit animal (Nahualli). She also revealed that you can find out what your own Nahualli on the quiz on her website.
Tamsin then went on to run writing workshops on the theme of ‘Potion Making’ with the Lions and Tigers class and they managed to produce an amazing story.
A huge thank you to Tamsin for coming to visit our school we had an amazing time, the feedback from the children has been fantastic. I would like to also thank FOWPS for funding this visit it is really appreciated by the school.
Mission Gone Wild
If your child can’t wait until next week to read the next instalment,’Mission Gone Wild’ they can read the first chapter on Tamsin’s website. My review is now live on my blog if you want to find out more. I really hope all the children enjoyed the visit!