I had a great time yesterday at St Stephen's CofE Primary School in Tameside: it's so helpful when the school prepares well. Everyone had looked at my website, and they'd got hold of about 2 dozen copies of my books in advance, so all the children were buzzing long before I got there.
Immediately I walked through the door, little voices could be heard whispering in corners:
They were in having a dinosaur themed week: the children arrived at school one morning to discover a massive dinosaur egg in the hall and, two days later, it had hatched! There were dinosaur prints leading away, and a baby dinosaur was found in a classroom. Apparently, each morning since, it has been discovered in a new spot.
So, I spent the day mostly teaching children how to draw an big, angry T Rex. I had great fun acting out the way a dinosaur stomps, so they could see how his arms and legs should go. Not everyone was 100% confident to begin with, but they all came up with smashing drawings, with very scary teeth!
I showed children my sketchbook, including the drawing at the top, which I did on the way there. Above is the one I did on the way home.
Thanks to all the teachers for a wonderfully friendly day (not to mention the biscuits): a real pleasure all round.