Children's author Julia Donaldson leads workshops

Pupils at St Mary's CofE (Aided) Primary School were delighted as the famous children's author Julia Donaldson came to visit.

Friday, 9th December 2016, 11:03 am
Julia reading from What The Ladybird Heard

The popular and well-known author spent time with the Year Two children at the Pulborough based school, as she gave them a whistle stop tour through some of her most famous titles.

The children dressed up as characters from The Gruffalo, What the Ladybird Heard, Room on a Broom and Stick Man.

The children were captured in the moment as she recited these books by heart and the children joined in, acting the stories in costume.

Julia Donaldson performs a story with her husband

Samantha Copus, the school’s deputy head, said: “It was amazing – the children appeared on cue, just as if they had rehearsed the stories”.

Julia’s husband Malcolm further enriched the experience with his rendition of her songs on the guitar.

After her workshops with the children, staff from Steyning Bookshop were on hand supplying books which parents and pupils were able to buy and get signed by this renowned author.

Samantha Copus said: “It was a truly magical day that summarised so much about the value of literature and language on children and their writing.”

Julia Donaldson performs a story with her husband

Julia Donaldson was chosen to be the 2011-2013 Children’s Laureate. Find out more about her work by visiting her website at

As an ‘Aided’ school, St Mary’s Primary has strong links with the Parish of St Mary’s, Pulborough.

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