Star turns writers in schools;Arts

26th February 1999 at 00:00
School: Arrochar Primary, Tarbet, Argyll and Bute; school roll 85, classes involved P1-4; headteacher: David Dunbar What was the best arts company to visit your school in the past year? The author and illustrator Scoular Anderson, who came to us through the Scottish Arts Council's Writers in Schools scheme.

How did you hear about him? Through books of his like The Clogpots in Space.

How long did he spend with you? About an hour.

What did he do? He spoke about writing and drew cartoons.

Did you do any preparation? The teachers read the stories to their classes.

Did you do any follow-up work? The children did artwork and wrote reports on the visit and their own stories.

What did the visit cost? pound;80, but we only paid half of that, because it was subsidised.

Who paid? We raised the money from our own book fair.

What was so good about the visit? Scoular Anderson was a great personality with a keen sense of humour.

How relevant was it to the curriculum? It's part of encouraging reading and a love of books.

Writers in Schools scheme, SACtel: 0131 226 6051

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