Welcome to my website! I’m a writer of children’s stories. Mostly in my head, but some are finally being typed!
I tell fibs for a living. Okay, that was a fib, I’m a children’s story writer but isn’t that the same thing? I make things up! It’s great fun 😊 I was brought up in the beautiful North Yorkshire moors and daydreamed my way through my school years. Being the adventurous type, I made the dramatic… Continue reading About me!
I love Accelerated Reader. Almost as much as I love my dog. Can you relate to this – you take your students to the library full of the thrill of knowing you’re just about to expose a whole class to the joys of reading. “Look at all these books,” you enthuse, “there’s something from everyone.”… Continue reading Accelerated Reader: The Marmite of Reading Programmes across the UK (and possibly the rest of the world)
How to enjoy Christmas on a small budget and no relatives round. With some imagination and a little organisation, you can have a festive Christmas. We claim Christmas is about religion, children, family and being charitable. In reality, Christmas has become about, expensive presents, feasts and heavy drinking. This year, many people won’t have as… Continue reading We Wish you a Merry Lockdown and a Frugal New Year
How to create displays that encourage a positive learning environment, give children pride in their work, help them remember key information, and encourage them to think for themselves. Instead of those ones that, you know, end up ripped and neglected. Let’s face it, displays take a lot of time and effort. Can you really be… Continue reading Secondary School Display Boards
We mustn’t lose our connection with nature once this is over. As I became accustomed to our new normal, I began to hope we would never completely return to the old normal. The old normal was fume-filled roads packed with angry cars, stressed out guilt-ridden parents unable to find the time they desperately needed and… Continue reading Why have millions of us spent Lockdown walking through the countryside?
Yesterday evening, I mistimed my dog walk and was still out when the clapping started. I therefore walked and clapped (I’m such an excellent multi-tasker). My dog was surprised and excited, but we managed it. As the clapping ended, we were approaching the estate near where I live. And there I happened across the most… Continue reading Lockdown Culture Shift
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Some quotes from my “Reading for Pleasure” workshop presented to Primary and Secondary School teachers.
“Rachel was incredibly knowledgeable and informative. Extremely friendly and my most favourite session.”
“Valuable advice and information. I particularly enjoyed the participation element.”
“Reading for Pleasure was well presented, with enthusiasm.”
On the 13th December 2019, former pupil to Ingleby Greenhow CofE Primary School Rachel Coverdale who is a published children’s author returned to the school. Rachel started at Ingleby in 1972 and left in 1980. She came to talk to the pupils about her job as an author, share her books with the children and to share her experiences of her time at the school as she remembers them. The children were really inspired by her visit which further promoted a love of reading in the school. Rachel’s books include for younger children ‘Who Hides Here? Footprints in the Garden’ and ‘Who Hides Here? Footprints on the Farm’ and for older children ‘The Boy who Couldn’t’. Children had the opportunity to ask Rachel questions and to buy signed copies of her books. I highly recommend that Rachel visits your school.
Mrs M Norris, Head Teacher, Ingleby Greenhow CofE Primary School