Virtual Authors Inspire Primary Students


Primary students are inspired by virtual author visits…

Year 4 students were inspired by a virtual author visit – this time, a poet! Giovanni Esposito, also known as ‘Spoz’, shared with the students how he writes poems and creates rhyming couplets. In an interactive session, Spoz asked the students to think about chocolate and then list words associated with it and that describe it. Using this bank of vocabulary, he then performed his own impromptu rap. With Spoz’s rap as inspiration, the students then created their own lines that were combined to create a class poem and rap performance.

Year 6 students welcomed virtual visits from two authors, Sneed Collard and Dr Michael Leech, who shared their journeys as writers with a focus on the students’ current learning theme of migration. These visits will be the stimulus to inspire cross-curricular writing in coming connected-learning sessions. Both authors have a particular interest in wildlife and were able to align their visits with the theme of bird migration. As such, Year 6 students will integrate these virtual visits with their own research on animal migration.

Primary students are grateful for the opportunity to learn from visiting authors, particularly during a time that such visits are made more difficult. While the visits remain virtual for now, the learning experience gained will inspire student writing and creativity throughout their future lessons.