I am available to visit schools to do a presentation to KS2 on where the inspiration for the story came from and the journey from idea to publication, followed by a book reading (I use some props in the storytelling to add some fun and interest) ending with a Q&A session. There is then the option of a classroom based workshop to ‘design your own crazy bike!’ This would take up a morning and there is enough time for two classes to do the workshop. I can leave forms for children to order a signed copy of the book. Please contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or would like to discuss further!
“Thank you so much for taking the time to come in and not only share your fantastic book but also the journey that you took to follow a dream and achieve what you set out to do. A truly inspirational talk which intrigued the children and got them thinking about publishing something themselves! The children thoroughly enjoyed the story and loved knowing so many of the places/landmarks that were being talked about. As they said to me – they could actually imagine themselves as one of the characters in the story! The props used during the reading of the story added to the experience and the smashing of the vase in particular caused a lot of shock and interest!!! The workshop was lots of fun and engaged every single one of the children in the classroom – being free to be as creative as they wanted to be resulted in a real buzz in the room, which was lovely to watch and be a part of.”
Mrs Chivers, Year 3, Bellbird Primary
″You really feel like you are joining Harry and his family on this exciting journey around Cambridge. It definitely makes you want to get exploring and Rachel has obviously done her homework!”
Mrs Carter, Year 1, The Perse Pelican Pre Preparatory School
Free downloadable lesson plans for teachers:
Suitable for children in KS1, learn about one of the most significant scientists ever and his contribution to the world: Cambridge educated Sir Isaac Newton. The lesson covers his life and groundbreaking ideas about gravity. Children are asked to carry out experiments and make observations to find out about gravity and friction. The lesson plan includes a ‘Real World Ramps’ game and there is a separate PDF resource below – Who Was Sir Isaac Newton?
Cambridge is the perfect place for cycling as it is so flat and has many cycle paths and lanes. Suitable for children in upper KS2, learn about gears – how they work and how different gears are suitable for different terrains and how varying amounts force can be applied to go uphill or downhill. Children are asked to ride their own bikes uphill, downhill and on level ground to see what happens. The lesson plan includes templates to make your own gears using cogs and there is a separate PDF resource below – Gears Diagram.