As part of the Festival of Performance and the Arts, the entire Year 7 were invited to participate in a Zoom session with Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, along with other schools across the country. Cressida Cowell is best known as the author of the “How to Train Your Dragon” series and her new book, “The Wizards of Once”. During the session, students learned about where Cowell gets the inspiration for her characters and plot. Some of our Year 7 students recognised names of two of her characters, “Caliban” and “Ariel”, from our recent study of “The Tempest”.
As part of the Zoom session, the students took part in a Q&A session with Cressida Cowell. She hinted at a desire to write another book in the “How to Train Your Dragon” series, but she is currently busy writing the next book in her new series.
Cressida Cowell also talked about some of the projects she has been involved in as Children’s Laureate including, ‘Life Changing Libraries’ that promotes the power of libraries in schools and ‘Read for Good’, who promote campaigns like the annual Readathon.
The Year 7 students thoroughly enjoyed the session and they managed to pick up lots of hints and tips to improve their own writing. Cressida Cowell’s enthusiasm was infectious and she definitely inspired some of our avid writers – the next generation of great writers, perhaps?