Spofforth Primary School in Harrogate

Sophia Moor (Class Teacher), Spofforth Primary School in Harrogate
1. What was the reason for having Conrad come to work in your school?
We wanted the children to be able to experience a visit from a local poet to help inspire reluctant writers during our KS2 History and Poetry week. I had previously had a workshop with Conrad during my teacher training in 2013 and knew he would be the perfect choice!
2. What effect and impact has Conrad had in school – with the children and staff (and did he meet the need that you’d identified)?
The children left school yesterday absolutely filled with joy. Some of my Y4 boys said it was the best day they had ever had at school. During staff meeting at the end of the day, all staff who had been involved with the workshops during the day said how well organised and beneficial it had been to the children in KS2.
3. What (if anything) makes Conrad different to other visitors you’ve had in school?
He is very fun and engaging – really bringing the work he does to life. He gave all children access to the work he had planned and was inclusive of all needs and abilities.
4. Would you consider inviting Conrad back to work in school with you in the future?
Yes most definitely – we had a fantastic day!
5. Do you have any staff / pupil comments about Conrad’s visit(s)?
‘That was the best day ever! I love poetry and feel much better at it now’ – Samuel Class 4
‘It was so good to challenge the government with our poem. It was really good fun to do and I liked making actions to go with it’ – Olivia Class 5
‘The superhero poem we made was the best because it was funny. I like funny poems because they are easier to remember’ – Ruby Class 3

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What makes me different?

    • Fun and engaging
    • Over 10 years’ experience
    • DBS certified
    • Nursery – Year 6
    • Poet, Storyteller and Writer
    • Teacher trainer
    • Visited over 200 schools

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On holiday in Northumberland. I’ve found a rather nice writing spot. I also heard a fun tale involving a friend’s little daughter - inspiration hit. Enjoy!

Maisy’s Jumper

Little baby Ivy
Splashing in the bath
Cousin Maisy’s helping
Making Ivy laugh

First she puts some bubbles
High on Ivy’s head
Then a game of peekaboo
Before it’s time for bed

But just as bath time’s ending
Baby Ivy stops
She grunts and groans and pushes hard...
Plop! Plop! Plop!

“Mum!” yells Maisy, “gross! Oh yuck!
Look what Ivy’s done!”
The evidence is floating round -
It’s not a number one!

Ivy shoots a hand out
And grabs a pile of poo
This cute and gorgeous baby knows
Exactly what to do

She throws her missile through the air
Straight at cousin Maisy
It lands on Maisy’s brand new jumper -
Poor girl just goes crazy

“Help!” screams Maisy. “Get it off!
I think I’m going to vom.”
Maisy’s mum comes running in
To see what’s going on

She starts to laugh - she cannot stop -
Tears run down her cheeks
It is by far the funniest thing
That she has seen for weeks

And as for baby Ivy?
She giggles: “Ooh ooh, eee!”
Sits down with satisfaction...
...And fills the bath with wee!
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One of my best friends set up a school in Zimbabwe last year. I got this message just now - can anyone help?

Thanks!

Con
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We have 3 lovely guinea pigs - Tomato, Sponge and Foxy Mae. But our girls are allergic to them and, since we’ve got Pebbles (our dog) they don’t get much of a look in.

We’ve taken the tough decision to re-home them once we get back off our holidays. But we want them to go somewhere they’ll be loved and looked after.

We have an outdoor cage, cage cover, water bottle along with the guinea pigs themselves. They are lovely pets - never bitey- but just not right for us Burdekins anymore 😞.

If you’re interested, please let us know. We don’t want any money for them - just lots of love.

Thanks!!

Con and Clare

*They live in the garden at ours but can also be housed indoors*
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