Dear Headteacher and Literacy Co-ordinator,
Do you want to raise the profile of non-fiction in your school? Would you like a book-related activity for Children's Book Week, National Non-Fiction Day or World Book Day? This unique role-play workshop offers this – and more.
For many years I have presented a role-play workshop in UK schools in which children work in teams to create their own non-fiction books. It's one of my most popular sessions on a school visit. Schools have asked if the workshop is available for staff to deliver in their own time – and now it is.
The role-play workshop is available as a pack for schools. A key feature is the importance of teamwork as the activities lead children on the journey of creating their own non-fiction books.
I hope this is of interest, and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
PS: Please get in touch if you are interested in booking me for a school visit – sessions available for Reception, KS1 and KS2.
What is the 'Make a Non-Fiction Book Workshop'?
The workshop uses role-play to encourage children to work as part of a creative team. Each team has four children, acting out the roles of Author, Editor, Illustrator and Designer as they complete a series of activities to create a non-fiction book with 16 pages.
Who is the workshop for?
The workshop is for KS2 children, Y3 to Y6 (England and Wales);
P4 to P7 (Scotland and Northern Ireland).
How many can take part?
The workshop is supplied with materials for up to 40 children, working in 10 teams of 4. You can deliver it as one big workshop for all 40, or as several smaller workshops with fewer children.
How long does the workshop last?
- A minimum of three hours – and this would be at a fast pace for able or older children.
- For a slower pace allow more time – two morning sessions, two afternoon sessions: you can decide.
- Alternatively, you could present it over the course of several days, broken down into smaller sessions.
How do schools deliver the workshop?
The workshop comes as a ready-to-use pack of:
- x10 activity worksheets (size B2 – 70cm x 50cm)
- x16 non-fiction topic cards
- x1 16-page Teacher's Guide
Using the Teacher's Guide you take the children through each step in the journey of creating an illustrated non-fiction book, from the initial idea to the printed page. The workshop imitates the real-life publishing process of book creation. All the work the children do – with the exception of an optional writing activity – happens on the worksheet.
Why use such a big sheet?
Non-fiction books are printed on large sheets many times the size of the finished pages. For example, a 32-page non-fiction book is made from just 2 sheets of paper. The worksheet uses exactly the same principle – one sheet to create a 16-page book.
What are the workshop activities?
- Choosing a non-fiction topic
- Choosing a book title for the topic
- Researching the topic
- Planning the book's chapters
- Writing chapter 1 (optional non-fiction writing activity)
- Editing the text
- Designing the front cover
- Illustrating the front cover
- Proofreading the text
- Publicity (marketing the book)
- Blurb writing
- Printing the book
- Compiling the contents and index
- Scheduling (is there enough time to create the book?)
- Selling the book
- Feedback (what have the children learned?)
Pricing, ordering, guarantee
- x1 pack = £99 (for 40 children)
- x2 packs = £169 (for 80 children)
- x3 packs = £239 (for 120 children)
- x3+ packs = £239 + £75 per additional pack
- P&P = no charge
To place an order, please email or phone.
Money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with the workshop!
Need to know more?
If there's anything else you'd like to know, just ask.
Book me for a school visit
If you are interested in booking me for a school visit, please see my website for my range of sessions for Reception, KS1 and KS2 – talks, readings, writing workshops, role-play workshop, and more.
Tel: 01606 863540
Bookings diary: The School Visits section of my website has my bookings diary – please check it to see which days I am available to visit you.