Imagine turning up to a school for World Book Day to discover half the school and teachers dressed as your book characters! I was completely blown away! Even the head and deputy head had dressed up as Rose Muddle and a member of The Black Sun!
Picture of the teaching staff in all manner of Rose Muddleness!
I attended dressed as the Edwardian fortuneteller Enna Lee, from The Rose Muddle Mysteries and I had with me my trusty Butler, (AKA my husband!) John Crank.
Rose Muddle was just about everywhere I looked at Carden! They had Rose Muddle doors, Rose muddle painted stones that had been hidden around the local area, Rose Muddle poems on the walls. They showed me the local mystery project I had set for them as part of City Reads Adopt an Author last year – The Case of the Missing Lumpfish, which is set in Victorian times at The Brighton Aquarium. They had made the paper for their stories look all aged – like manuscripts!
After the assembly I had prepared talking about Rose Muddle and Local Mysteries they might like to use in their own stories. We set to – with an atmospheric writing challenge, all about the Bronze Age Amber Cup in Brighton Museum – which inspired me to start writing Rose Muddle in the first place…
Here it is – The Amber Cup (Picture Credit: Brighton Museum)
We set the scene with moody weather, and they had to imagine they were the actual Victorian workman who unearthed this bronze Age cup from beneath a giant burial mound that once stood in the centre of Hove. They had to describe the scene using all their senses: Taste, Sound, Smell, Touch, Sight and Feelings. Then, once the cup was uncovered, something mindbogglingly magical had to happen…
The results were tremendous! I was so pleased when one of the teachers commented that it was the best writing he had seen many of them ever do! I felt extremely proud of them all. I was amazed by the scope of their imaginations and just how much they applied themselves to this writing challenge. Full marks Carden Primary!
Carden Primary is a brilliant school, I would have loved for my own children to have gone there. So much enthusiasm for learning creatively. Best of all, I was told Rose Muddle is now on the curriculum for a topic next year! How wonderful! I’m looking forward to returning soon. Thank you Carden Primary – you do most certainly ROCK! xxx
Here are some more fab costumes and decorated doors from the day!