We are very fortunate at DSM to have welcomed a series of well-known authors and illustrators into our school over the years. The children always love the opportunity to hear and learn from people who have made storytelling or drawing a way of life and yesterday’s visit by Yuval Zommer certainly lived up to expectations.
Our KS2 children initially listened as Yuval explained his passion behind the subjects he draws and writes about. He focused on his ‘Big Book of Blue’ exploring the facts that fascinated him and was surprised by the depth of knowledge already held by our children on the issue of ocean pollution learned through recent topics such as ‘Save the Sea’ in year 3. He asked them to guess at the next title he was working on and seemed genuinely entertained and inspired by the children’s suggestions of Bionics or Beyond or Beauty as ideas for his Big Book of series. He then lead an illustration workshop (no mean feat with 8 classes) and detailed step by step how he approached his illustrations for the ‘Big Book of Bugs’.
The children were attentive and focused and everyone devised a unique page of drawings. Yuval picked out 7 that he liked in particular for things such as the detail in the drawings, the style of faces given to the bugs and the scientific approach taken of labelling the bugs and shared these back with the group.
All the children who had pre-purchased books were able to meet Yuval as he signed their books and indeed he definitely enjoyed the chance to chat on a one to one basis with the pupils in our school. He commented very favourably on their openness, good behaviour and genuine interest in what he was showing them.
In the afternoon it was the turn of years 1 and 2 to spend time with Yuval. He was able (as there were only 4 classes) to get the children working collaboratively on producing more bug illustrations. Once they’d been shown how to complete their illustrations and bring them alive by adding grass, rocks etc. a judging panel of staff and pupils decided on the winning team.
A massive thank you to Mrs Wood who organised the whole event on behalf of the school and to the parents who supported us by purchasing books, the profits from which, will as always be ploughed back into our library.