FUN INTERACTIVE ASSEMBLIES AND CREATIVE WORKSHOPS FOCUSING EITHER ON CREATING COMIC STRIPS OR DEVELOPING ANIMAL CHARACTERS.
I am currently offering two options for school events. Assemblies and workshops will vary depending on whether the school would like me to focus on the Creature Teacher series or Darcy Dolphin. (Timings are flexible.)
Creature Teacher event
1. Assembly of 45 minutes, plus 10 minutes of questions. Using a PowerPoint, I take the children through my journey from reader to writer, and perform an ‘interactive reading’ from one of the books, with pupils calling out sound effects during the reading.
2. 1-hour creative workshop with individual classes, which focuses on creating a comic strip using a scene in one of the books as inspiration. We look at how a comic strip can tell a story, and I model how to create a 3-frame comic strip. Pupils work together to gather ideas, then work individually to create their own comic strip.
Darcy Dolphin event
1. Assembly of 45 minutes, plus 10 minutes of questions. Using a PowerPoint, I show the children how my passion for sea life turned into The Fintastic Diary of Darcy Dolphin, and the ways in which I used the real characteristics of marine animals to create my cast of fishy characters. Note: Dolphins feature heavily!
2. 1-hour creative workshop with individual classes, focussing on character development. After the assembly, pupils will have had an introduction to the idea of using real animals as inspiration for fiction. We then go on to develop this idea further, with children working first in groups and then individually to develop their own fishy characters using real animals as inspiration. They then go on to write a diary entry for their character.
Type of Artist:
DetailsPreferred age range:
Darcy Dolphin is 6+, and Creature Teacher is 7+ so the ideal age range would be Years 2 – 5, but I am happy to adapt my presentations towards slightly younger audiences if required.
Maximum number in any one session:
30 pupils max per workshop is preferred.
Assemblies – however many can fit in the hall!
No of sessions per day:
Four workshops a day plus an assembly works well.
For example: Morning: Assembly plus two workshops. Afternoon: two workshops, then book signing after school.
Morning: Assembly plus two workshops. Afternoon: two workshops, then signing after school.
I have done more in a day, but it tends to get a bit rushed and chaotic!
Assembly/talk is 45-60 minutes; workshops are usually one-hour each.
Allow time for signing afterwards.
Areas prepared to travel to:
Southern, south-eastern and central England regions work best for me, but I am happy to go anywhere if travel/overnight expenses paid (overnights may not always be possible as I have a young child, but if reasonable notice is given it should not normally be a problem).
Car at 45p per mile; train
Please email us for details
Sam Watkins' website page
Don’t Get in a Mess!
Puss in Football Boots
Nick Knight Super Sub
The Fintastic Diary of Darcy Dolphin
Darcy Dolphin is a Little Bit Magic
Darcy Dolphin and the Best Birthday Ever
Creature Teacher Goes Wild
Creature Teacher: Science Shocker
Creature Teacher Out to Win
"The children absolutely loved the assemblies, they really taught them that being an author is a real job (not just a pipe-dream), it encouraged them to form a love for books and inspired them to read Sam's super books.
They loved asking Sam questions and Sam had an excellent manner with the children … I would recommend her without reserve!"
Peter Castle, Deputy Headteacher,
Herne Junior School
“We were fortunate to have an author visit from Samantha Watkins this year and from the word go she had the children hooked. She has such a lovely manner with the children - they hung on her every word and still talk about her books!”
Samantha Copus, Deputy Headteacher,
St Mary’s RC School
“We enjoyed Sam’s introduction to how she became an author and her engaging readings, particularly when she involved the children in making sound effects – even the shy children felt encouraged to join in! … I am definitely hoping to work with Sam again in the future.
We love having children’s authors in the library, particularly when they appeal to such a wide range of children!”
Lavinia McHugh, Children’s librarian,
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