Author Visit! Peter J Murray
On Friday the 25th November Key stage 2 welcomed Pete and his wife Kath to Samuel Barlow School to inspire our children on the love, enjoyment and importance of reading into writing.
What a morning!
We all joined Pete and Kath in our school hall. Pete told us all about his background from his school days to him briefly dipping his toes into the steel industry before going back into education, becoming a teacher and his inspiration for his first ever book! What a journey!
Pete then introduced us to his Mokee Joe series and we were hooked as he talked about the characters in his books, the stories behind them and the journey they had been on as the Mokee Joe adventures unraveled. He was a GREAT story teller!
In the afternoon, Pete ran smaller workshops based on his book of short scary stories called 'The 10 'O Clock caller' He gave us 'his' ingrediants for writing a great story that left the reader wanting more.
The day was such an inspiration!
THE GREAT PLAGUE
THE BLACK DEATH!
Pestilence am I.
Epidemic I am.
Disease that spreads. I creep through the night. I drift on the wind. I started in Asia, made my way across the sea road to Europe.
I found my hosts! I found my beautiful creatures of the night to carry my message far and wide. Nothing was going to stop me!
A ring a ring of roses A pocket full of posies
A-tishoo a-tishoo, we all fall down.
I start with a snivel, a sneeze, cold damp and clammy. Buboes appear. Pus filled sacks of joy. They grow and grow and grow till finally they burst and once more I am free. Sleep now child of pestilence.
Who am I beholden to? No man?
Who will I visit next? Who knows?
I move on the deadly breeze. Black! Silent! Still!
I decimated everything in my path. Canines became my guarded friend, my imposters.
I continued my rage against humanity. Nothing was to stop me until…
Curse that place! Curse those people!
Curse the end of my days!
Brave they were called. Heroes they were called. The tears of lost love fell hard…but they stood strong. Their will lived on.
And they won…
Fire ravaged through the city. My end was quick! Stupid baker!!!
But… up here, it was the will of the few that spelt the end of my days, my travels…my legacy.
Will I return? Who Knows?
Our topic was 'The Black Death' and our writing, linked to this, involved using specific and carefully chosen vocabulary in order to make the reader infer, spark their imagination, play around with their emotions and leave them wanting more!
We also brushed up on an awful lot of the grammar and punctuation skills needed for the new curriculum.
Relative clauses and relative pronouns.
Adverbial and fronted adverbial phrases.
Definite and indefinite articles.
Types of subordinating conjunctions.
The rules of inverted commas.
How to use reporting clauses effectively.
Expanded noun phrases.
The use of pro nouns and subject variation to avoid repetition.
The accurate use of commas to seperate clauses.
Parenthesis to include brackets, dashes and commas.
Hyphen to avoid ambiguity.
How to vary our sentences.
Ask about our learning!