Visiting Singapore schools – the story so far… October

I attended a book reading at a Children’s Fair in Suntec in September and then had the privilege of visiting SJI International school in Singapore.  I had such a lovely morning meeting Grade 1 classes.  Teachers love getting to look around other schools and the classrooms at SJI were so welcoming.  It was a real treat.  I also realised that I truly feel so much more at home in the classroom reading and working with the children than trying to market my book! My steep learning curve trying to sell my book continues…


“Thank you for your visit to our class today, the children thoroughly enjoyed your story and making the fish!”

Display ideas from around the world, based on Spratly!


Further to my posts about making clay fish (see You tube clip and click here.)

We have finally completed the display and I am so thrilled with the children’s accomplishments!

Their clay fish are so different and it was such a lovely activity to start off the school year with.

Some fish have a worry fish attached. Can you spot them?


These allow the children to use an app called Aurasma to show the stop motion video that they made based on the story.

I stopped reading the story before Spratly goes into school on his very first day.  The children used their clay fish to tell what happens next.  It was such a cool project! They then used their iMotion videos to tell the story collaboratively and we typed them up.

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I have started to receive photos of other schools making lovely displays of Spratly, here are a couple…

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Reception class, Waddington All Saints County Primary School, England

Reception, Russet Class, Ryvers School, England

A great art project for the beginning of term!

A rather exciting project to celebrate the beginning of term is to get the children to use clay…

I have posted a lesson plan on the TES resource site:

Don’t Worry Spratly ideas

This project continues to be an immersion of firsts… I have tried to hide my embarrassment (and that of my children as a new You tuber!) to embrace the idea of social media to post two videos on You tube.

Please search for Don’t Worry, Spratly! unfortunately the files are too large for me to post onto here.

I hope that you will be able to follow the instructions and that the clay fish create a stunning display.

We are going to make the clay fish with the Y2 children – watch this space for more photos.


You tube flipped clay making lesson

Here are the photos of the display!


So much to do, so little time … Don’t Worry, Spratly!

Why is the beginning of the first term always so busy? The Art room always has so many projects to get going at the beginning of term.  This year is no exception… by the end of the first week you feel like you’ve never been away!

We have got some really exciting projects on going in the Art studio this term… there is a collaborative project between Y 13 students and Y 2 students to create sustainable art installations in our huge hall space.  Sustainability is something that I feel passionately about, it is great that this is one of our school foci this year.

Source: Watch Trailer – Plastic Oceans

We are busy integrating Chinese within our KS1 displays and there is a huge Don’t Worry Spratly! Clay display board in Y 2 which is in the process of going up. It looks really promising so far.  Updated – here is one of the photos!


A Summer of Spratly…

IMG_1747Visiting the UK and introducing the book England & Scotland – July & August 2017


It’s  been an interesting summer; trying to balance the entertainment of my own children with the practical and challenging aspects of introducing Don’t Worry, Spratly! to as wide an audience as possible. I was lucky to do two book readings; one in an Infant school, Tenterden Infants, Kent and one in a book shop in Hove. Both added heaps to my learning curve as has indeed the whole process so far!

I took as many copies (120 in fact) as my family and I could fit in to our suitcases to the U.K and and returned with none. I learn’t much along the way including that I’m rubbish at selling my own book! I just find it typically English and awkward to discuss money.

However, apart from the fact that my daughters are now fed up with hearing about Spratly I have managed to spread the word to Edinburgh, Kent and East Sussex with other little pockets of the U.K. being targeted by friends. With delight I discovered it’s the independent book shops that I thought were a dying breed but in fact these are specialised bookshops that are wonderfully buzzing with activity and use and are a real hub of the community. The Book Nook in Hove and the Edinburgh book shop being two amazingly welcoming places. The other places that I was successful in selling copies of my book were in some independent cafes and tea rooms. Sunshine Books, Art and Coffee in Hove was also a hub of the local community; there were pensioners meeting for coffees, middle aged ladies reading novels with a glass of wine and then the extreme of passing tourists visiting for afternoon tea. These owners really wanted to support local artists and provide artisan products that were a bit different to items found in the high street.

I have come to realize that it’s schools and libraries that I need to get in contact with and this is really quite difficult to do as they have their own distributors. This is the next stage of the project for me to focus on and to develop…

A visit to Tenterden Infants, Kent

I had a lovely afternoon visiting the Year 2 children at Tenterden Infants school.

I read Don’t Worry, Spratly! to the children, answered lots of questions about the writing process and then the children split into smaller groups for circle time.

Using the book we discussed issues such as:

* Think back to your first day in Year 2. How did you feel?

* Have you got any worries about moving to the Juniors?

* What are you looking forward to in Year 3?

* Have you ever felt anxious – what can you do about it?

The children then made their own unique worry fish to take home and use ready for their upcoming transition.


A great afternoon…😊












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Getting ready for the first sale on Wednesday

Today was exciting because the Spratly stickers and the pop-up poster arrived.

Wednesday is the first day for sales, I have no idea how it will go but I have received positive feedback from everyone so far (including the best critics – children!)

Tomorrow the picture books will be delivered in the afternoon.  I can’t wait to see Spratly as a proper book! FullSizeRender 2 IMG_1228