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Book Review – Holes, by Louis Sachar

A mob sets fire to the school house and burns it to the ground. They are angry because the schoolmistress was seen kissing the local onion seller. She is white, he is black. According to local law, this is not allowed. Sam, the onion seller, escapes in his boat, the Mary Lou. He does not get far. ... READ the POST

The Leaver’s Book with the Missing Images

Year 6 in the English school system, the final year of junior school. The year before they make the transition to secondary education. Most will have been at their school since the age of 4. It is all they have ever known. Now 11, they have outgrown this place. It is time to move on. That ... READ the POST

Tips for using Zoom with Primary aged children

My Zoom learning journey has been very steep indeed and there are a few things I've learned along the way that I'd like to share with you. For virtual learning, you'd find Zoom hard to beat and its recent surge in popularity is testament to that. Skype is great too, but has it's limitation, ... READ the POST

What happens when a book launch is followed by a lockdown?

For an author like myself, who's recently had a book published, the lockdown has been a particular blow. It all started out so well.  I had a brilliant launch day, on World Book Day, where I gave a whole-school assembly talk, did workshops with the children and signed around 70 copies of my ... READ the POST

How can I home educate my children if I’m not a teacher?

What does it mean to have to home educate your children now the schools have closed? The rapid spread of the Coronavirus has meant events moving very quickly indeed. I think we all knew, deep down, that schools would close evenutally, but I don't know about you, I thought we would at least get ... READ the POST

Technology and Storytelling: Threat or Opportunity?

I'm delighted to bring you a guest post today from Laura Hamm. Laura is the founder of Fabled (www.fabledkids.com) which helps kids create and share their stories. She’s a recovering bureaucrat - having worked in 10 Downing Street, The Treasury, and the National Security Secretariat, she's now ... READ the POST

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"You're an amazing author. My daughter has read all your books 3 times. Thank you for inspriring her!!

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"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."
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2020-02-28T13:14:06+00:00
"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."

"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their...
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2020-02-28T13:14:19+00:00
"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their writing style."
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