On Wednesday 10th October 2018, author, Nicola Davies, visited our school. At about 13:45, Year 6 and Year 5 sat assembled in the main hall, facing the author of many exciting books. At first she introduced herself, and informed us of her successful career so far. She started reading an extract from one of her bestselling books, A lion Stole My Arm. It was about a young, five year old boy who was out hunting fish, before being hunted by a lion. The predator had ripped the boy’s arm clean off; the boy had then escaped. She read it and told us it was a true story. It was a book from one of her fictional series, Heroes of the Wild.
After that, she told all of us about her adventure, when she went out whale searching. She discovered a group of Blue Whales, and recorded their songs, which were louder than anything she had ever heard. She followed them for a little while, but eventually the whales got scared by the starting of a motor. She then didn’t see them for a long time.
Another time, she came across a humpback whale, which was coming up for breath every 2 minutes. It was staying in the same position in the same area, sinking about 100 meters deep. She had taken a photo of it and returned home.
Then, as an activity, Nicola taught us how to create a whale song. She split up 4 parts of the hall, where children were sitting. Each quarter had to make a different sound which would create a hilarious whale song. The first quarter were making low-pitched hums, in a certain pattern. The next quarter did high-pitched squeaks in a different order, varying in tempo. The next, had to blow on their arms or their hands to make a weird sound involving one second of noise. After that, the last row made a tone between a roar and a bark, which they had to do once or twice. Subsequently, Nicola ended her speech with an applause from the audience (us) and let marvel her stand of books where a few people from each class purchased a book with her signature inside. Most children returned to class to finish their lesson, while a few others chatted with the author or got a piece of paper signed or written on.