Author visit tomorrow – Wednesday 25th May

We will welcome the children’s author and radio presenter Chris Smith to our school on Wednesday 25th May. His new book is called Frankie Best Hates Quests – you can read or listen to the start of it here.

You can reserve a signed copy of the book on Scopay. 

The book:

Frankie Best Hates Quests is an exciting, Pixar-like fantasy for middle grade readers from Chris Smith, one half of best-selling author duo with Greg James. Frankie Best Hates Quests brings together gaming, fantasy and relatable characters in an accessible epic adventure!

Frankie is not happy. Not only is she stuck at Grandad’s for a whole week while her parents swan off to the arctic, now she’s discovered that there’s NO WIFI anywhere in the house!

Joel – Frankie’s annoying nerd brother who spend all his times playing computer games like Elf-Quest and just generally being really super annoying.

Grandad – likes gardening down the allotment and cups of tea. Oh and is also the custodian of a secret fantasy realm called Parallelia.

When Grandad is kidnapped by a host of gnoblins (no that is not spelt incorrectly) it falls to Frankie and Joel to save the day. Frankie did have big plans to watch YouTube and eat pot noodles that Saturday but she guesses she’ll just have to go on an epic mega-dangerous quest instead…

The author:

Chris Smith has wanted to be an author ever since he was eight and won a competition by writing story about a baby dinosaur who loved biscuits. That story is soon to be brought to life as a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Not really, he made that part up. Chris worked for many years as a newsreader and presenter on radio stations including Xfm and BBC Radio 1. That’s where he met Greg James, and in between messing about on the airwaves the pair created the bestselling Kid Normal series. Chris lives in north London with his family and a cat called Mabel who can go invisible.

Radio 1 presenter and author – Chris Smith – visits KS2 this Wednesday 25th May

Following on from the highly successful visit from Lucy Hawking we are also able to welcome the children’s author and radio presenter Chris Smith to our school on Wednesday 25th May. His new book is called Frankie Best Hates Quests – you can read or listen to the start of it here.

You can reserve a signed copy of the book on Scopay. 

The book:

Frankie Best Hates Quests is an exciting, Pixar-like fantasy for middle grade readers from Chris Smith, one half of best-selling author duo with Greg James. Frankie Best Hates Quests brings together gaming, fantasy and relatable characters in an accessible epic adventure!

Frankie is not happy. Not only is she stuck at Grandad’s for a whole week while her parents swan off to the arctic, now she’s discovered that there’s NO WIFI anywhere in the house!

Joel – Frankie’s annoying nerd brother who spend all his times playing computer games like Elf-Quest and just generally being really super annoying.

Grandad – likes gardening down the allotment and cups of tea. Oh and is also the custodian of a secret fantasy realm called Parallelia.

When Grandad is kidnapped by a host of gnoblins (no that is not spelt incorrectly) it falls to Frankie and Joel to save the day. Frankie did have big plans to watch YouTube and eat pot noodles that Saturday but she guesses she’ll just have to go on an epic mega-dangerous quest instead…

The author:

Chris Smith has wanted to be an author ever since he was eight and won a competition by writing story about a baby dinosaur who loved biscuits. That story is soon to be brought to life as a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Not really, he made that part up. Chris worked for many years as a newsreader and presenter on radio stations including Xfm and BBC Radio 1. That’s where he met Greg James, and in between messing about on the airwaves the pair created the bestselling Kid Normal series. Chris lives in north London with his family and a cat called Mabel who can go invisible.

Chris Smith author visit – this Wednesday 25th May

Following on from the highly successful visit from Lucy Hawking we are also able to welcome the children’s author and radio presenter Chris Smith to our school on Wednesday 25th May. His new book is called Frankie Best Hates Quests – you can read or listen to the start of it here.

You will be able to reserve a signed copy of the book on Scopay from the morning of Monday 23rd May.

The book:

Frankie Best Hates Quests is an exciting, Pixar-like fantasy for middle grade readers from Chris Smith, one half of best-selling author duo with Greg James. Frankie Best Hates Quests brings together gaming, fantasy and relatable characters in an accessible epic adventure!

Frankie is not happy. Not only is she stuck at Grandad’s for a whole week while her parents swan off to the arctic, now she’s discovered that there’s NO WIFI anywhere in the house!

Joel – Frankie’s annoying nerd brother who spend all his times playing computer games like Elf-Quest and just generally being really super annoying.

Grandad – likes gardening down the allotment and cups of tea. Oh and is also the custodian of a secret fantasy realm called Parallelia.

When Grandad is kidnapped by a host of gnoblins (no that is not spelt incorrectly) it falls to Frankie and Joel to save the day. Frankie did have big plans to watch YouTube and eat pot noodles that Saturday but she guesses she’ll just have to go on an epic mega-dangerous quest instead…

The author:

Chris Smith has wanted to be an author ever since he was eight and won a competition by writing story about a baby dinosaur who loved biscuits. That story is soon to be brought to life as a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Not really, he made that part up. Chris worked for many years as a newsreader and presenter on radio stations including Xfm and BBC Radio 1. That’s where he met Greg James, and in between messing about on the airwaves the pair created the bestselling Kid Normal series. Chris lives in north London with his family and a cat called Mabel who can go invisible.

History Association writing competition – Yr5/6

Get your pupils to bring the past to life

We would like our children in Yr5 and Yr6 to enter the History Association writing competition. Please find all of the information about this below:

You can take a look at some of the past entries here:

One of the key attributes of historical fiction is that it has a convincing setting in a past time and place. Pupils can set their stories in ANY* period or place in the past, so the story can fit in with and extend any historical topic you may be studying. Winning students will each receive a cash prize of £25 and an engraved Bath Aqua Blue glass paperweight.

*While we encourage and accept stories from a wide variety of periods and settings, we recognise that some periods and topics carry sensitivities that do not lend themselves easily to fictionalised accounts.

  1. Across Years 5 and 6 there will be two prizes for the best individual story.
  2. There is also a prize for the best fictional historical character in a convincing historical setting. Three prizes will be on offer here across all year groups.

What are the judges looking for?

Stories in each category are shortlisted by panels of student readers where possible. The shortlist is then judged by our primary and secondary expert panels. Judges are looking for:

  • Historical accuracy – even down to the choice of names characters are given and any props additional to the historical setting
  • A riveting read with a good plot!
  • A convincing story – i.e. is it plausible that these events and/or this character could have existed at the time?
  • Use of historical knowledge to feed the plot, context and character
  • Effective use of historical vocabulary and literary conventions, including where dialogue is included in the story
  • Creative and interesting perspectives of story-telling. In the past we have received an entry telling the story of a siege from the perspective of the castle!
  • We recommend a minimum story length of 400 words.

Entries must be emailed to asktheoffice@muxtonprimary.co.uk by Thursday 3rd  June 2022.  

If you are looking for inspiration, don’t forget to take a look at some of the books listed in our Young Quills historical fiction award. You can find past entries here. You can also view our webinar recording on historical fiction with author Tony Bradman, whose book Anglo Saxon Boy (Walker Books) won the Young Quills award in 2018 in the ‘ages 7-9 years’ category.