We were delighted to welcome award winning author Christopher Edge to our school on Wednesday as part of our run up to Science Week. Christopher engaged the whole of Year 7 in his interactive and informative presentation – who knew bananas could be nuclear or that clever code breaking would lead us to answer the clues to escape? It was a delight to see students engaged and queuing to buy the books, eager to read more fiction with an ‘element’ of science.

Two Year 7 classes were involved in fun and engaging creative writing workshops , thinking about characterisation and setting creating their own setting for an escape room. Congratulations to Scarlet, Emily and Joseph who showed originality in their ideas and were awarded with a signed copy of Christopher’s latest book ‘ Escape Room’.

All books are available to borrow from the school library – although there may be a waiting list!

Ella, Year 7, attended the talk and workshop and commented, ‘Christopher told us that it is scientific facts that give him a spark to come up with an idea for a new book, for example, a lightning bolt has enough energy to toast 100,000 pieces of bread! It was really interesting to hear about his process of writing a book. We also looked at pig pen ciphers and other code breaking activities which inspired one of Christopher’s books, ‘The Longest Night of Charlie Noon’. It was great fun and I really enjoyed it!

Throughout Science Week in the library, students were encouraged to become super sleuths and investigate the dastardly demise of Miss Terry, the assistant librarian and a fantastic CSI style mystery. From three suspects and using investigative skills and science-based facts, our detectives ploughed through the evidence to deduce the guilty suspect and how they succeeded in committing the crime and why. Another great example of the types of activities and events put on in our library. We can’t wait to find out what the next event is!