Ian Thomas Visits Truro Prep

On Tuesday 20 January, children’s author Ian Thomas visited Truro Prep School. His stories and images of nature in the Antarctic and Arctic really engaged and inspired the children. He said that his ideas for his novels have been heavily influenced by his work around the world with nature, and also with major organisations such as Greenpeace.


He spent the morning with children in the Pre-Prep, then with Years 4 and 5 in the Prep, followed by a workshop for selected Year 5 and 6 children in the afternoon. His workshop showed the children how to plan a story and how to write a snappy opening paragraph.


No doubt you have already been treated to juicy snippets from your children, such as why the narwhal looks like a real unicorn (it’s a tooth) and how to escape from a polar bear (huskies and plenty of them).


As you may be aware, Radio 2 has recently launched their story writing competition –500 words 2015– so this was a timely visit. Last year we had two children shortlisted from the thousands who entered nationwide…so, time to get writing. After all, how often do you get to win your own height in books? Oh, and did I mention the tiny matter of the prizes being awarded at St. James’ Palace, London?


Sally Luxton