Type of Artist:
Book based talk with reading, power point presentation and lots of audience participation.
With Run Rabbit Run, I bring along WW2 artifacts which the children will wear or demonstrate.
With Road to London, I bring a set of Tudor boy’s clothes and a set of Tudor girl’s clothes for the children to try on.
As with all my presentations, I would like pupils to learn something but also have fun. The presentation for ‘Secret Suffragette’ ends with pupils dressing up for a suffragettes’ parade. This includes boys (wearing caps and carrying large banners) and the girls (in suffragette’s hats and sashes). There’s even a band! Very noisy but great fun.
DetailsPreferred age range:
No of sessions per day:
Maximum 3, preferably 2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
60 minutes (including Q&A) plus time for signing
Areas prepared to travel to:
Within 50 miles of Stafford or
Anywhere, if overnight expenses are met.
Car @ 45p per mile
Please email us for details
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9- 12 years:
Run Rabbit Run
I would really like to thank you for your creative and stimulating activities session at our G&T Learner Networks last week. I felt the children gained so much from you in terms of challenging their ideas and developing their potential for creative thinking, and also in particular developing their emotional intelligence through the opportunity to collaborate with different pupils. In feedback at the end of the day this was one element that they really appreciated.
Barbara has always been able to communicate extremely well with the different age ranges and genders of the children, from 5 years to 15 years and inspires and challenges them in her workshops. She has often brought in artefacts to stimulate the discussion. Each visit has a different theme and she keeps the children interested in reading and inspires and encourages them to write for themselves enhancing our own creative work in school.
Deputy Head Prep Department
St Dominic's Priory School, Stone
‘The children always look forward to Barbara Mitchelhill’s visits. Her teaching background and engaging personality allow her to establish an easy rapport with her audience.’ ‘It is fascinating to discover the background to the novels as well as hearing the stories brought to life through Barbara’s readings.’
Following Barbara’s visits the children were so keen to read the books themselves. Year 5 read ‘Dangerous Diamonds’ together following one visit and loved every minute of it.’ ‘Run Rabbit Run’ really captured the imagination of the children and it gave a very different angle to their study of World War 2.’
Clive O’Donnell, Head of Stafford Grammar Prep School & his staff
"Barbara's lively, interactive author sessions always go down a storm in schools.
As an ex-teacher she instinctively builds a rapport with the pupils, and always has a great tale to tell about her books.
Barbara also finds ways of making her visits memorable - expect an exciting quiz or the chance to dress up in period costume!
Pam Parish, Schools’ Library Service, Shropshire
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