The Secret Dinosaur: illustrated read aloud class reader and activities - KS1 and KS2 The Secret Dinosaur: illustrated read aloud class reader and activities - KS1 and KS2
Arrange an Author Visit to Encourage Reading for Pleasure
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An author visit from N.S Blackman will inspire your pupils to read for pleasure and encourage them in their own drawing and storytelling. Nigel's talks and workshops are based around the activity sheets that accompany The Secret Dinosaur so they are perfect for enriching the dinosaur topic as well as promoting literacy and creativity. The visits are tailored to the age group of the children and Nigel brings exciting props including his dinosaur "tooth". He displays his pictures on a large whiteboard so that all the children can see how his illustrations developed alongside the story and does some on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Nigel can host workshops on creative writing, talk to a whole school assembly and visit individual classrooms. All visits involve fun dinosaur quizzes, a reading from the book and tips on how to write great stories and illustrate them. The art and literacy activity sheets which are based on the books can be used before or after a visit.. Activity sheets for use during a visit are also provided and every school also receives a beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. For more about the series see "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester Teachers, librarians and parents have been consistently impressed by Nigel's author visits: "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." - Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College.
NS Blackman Nigel Blackman is a popular children's author whose work has been short listed for awards and praised by experts such as Hodder Education and The School Librarian Journal as well as parents and teachers. Recently, Nigel was invited to the Natural History Museum in London where he took part in the Museum's official farewell celebration party for their famous diplodocus skeleton. For this fun #dippyontour event, Nigel hosted his Secret Dinosaur children's workshop in the Museum's main hall. Following an enthusiastic reception from children and parents, The Natural History Museum's now stocks his Secret Dinosaur series in its flagship bookshop. When he is not busy writing and illustrating books for young readers, Nigel teaches creative writing.