Derby City SSP and Derby County Community Trust Support First Ever National Writing Day!


Derby City SSP and Derby County Community Trust Support First Ever National Writing Day!

Wednesday 21st July saw year 4 pupils from local schools head to the Riverside Centre to swat up on their writing skills for the first ever National Writing Day.

The aim of the day was to inspire children in their writing, using sport as a stimulus.

Spy Dog author Andy Cope opened the day alongside his pet dog, the real spy pup, Star. Andy certainly inspired pupils, teachers and even staff with the story of his journey to writing the spy dog books, his three top tips to all budding young writers were read, read and read!

Throughout the day all schools took part in three workshops – Premier League Reading Stars, Sports Journalism with Pete Lansley from the University of Derby and Literacy Through Sport with Pobble.

The day provided a great opportunity to showcase the work that the Community Trust and Derby City SSP do to support schools to be more active in their learning.

There was plenty of chance to win great prizes throughout the day with signed copies of Spy Dog being presented to numerous lucky pupils by Andy Cope and Star. Each school who attended were also entered into a prize draw to win a Premier League Primary Stars book box, St James CofE Junior school were the lucky winners.

Following the day, Maryanne, a pupil at Cavendish Close Junior School said:

“Andy has inspired me to become an author after he told us his story this morning. I’ve not written any stories outside of school before but I’d like to change that tonight and try to write my own story book.

“Listening to Andy tell us how he got the idea for Spy Dog was my favourite part of the day.”

Miss Graham and Mrs Burnside from Landau Forte Academy said:

“The children have had an enjoyable day. The football journalism session helped to engage some of the children who sometimes may not have the motivation to write. The activities have been interactive, allowing the children to work with pupils from other schools, and the children have enjoyed all three workshops.

They added “They loved meeting Andy Cope and his dog, Star!”

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