The author and the giant egg

Children's author Arabella Armstrong at Meadowbank Primary School Atherton and a giant egg and pupils Tanatswa Nensa Abigail Kennedy and Joshua Mitchell
Children's author Arabella Armstrong at Meadowbank Primary School Atherton and a giant egg and pupils Tanatswa Nensa Abigail Kennedy and Joshua Mitchell

PUPILS at an Atherton primary school let their imaginations run wild on a writing day based around a huge, mysterious egg.

Year 6 pupils from Meadowbank Primary School, in Formby Avenue, were joined by children from primary schools in Bolton and Wythenshawe for the day, led by Lancashire-born children’s author Arabella Armstrong.

The children discovered a 3ft tall decorated egg made of chicken wire and mudrock which had been hidden in the school’s PE cupboard, before taking part in workshops to help them write stories based on it.

The budding young writers got the chance to ask Arabella questions about her writing and take part in a plot workshop organised by her, and were also assisted in unleashing their inner novelists by Year 9 pupils from Lowton High School, who acted as team leaders.

The innovative day helped bring together three schools with similar catchment areas who all struggle to develop children’s writing, and was funded by the National College for School Leadership.

Meadowbank Deputy Head Nichola Hill said: “The main focus is to improve our children’s vocabulary.

“We’re in an area of quite high deprivation so a lot of our children don’t have lots of life experience and we’re trying to help them generate language skills to express themselves imaginatively.”