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Adopt an Author - Year 3 Project 2021 Guy Bass


Who, What, How?!.......

Year 3 are incredibly lucky that over the past 5 years, we have domesticated and tamed our very own 'real-life' author. Every year, the project changes little by little, but the aim is to use the fantastic story of Stitch Head, by Guy Bass, to teach and boost reading and writing engagement across the whole year group.

Guy has written such a fabulously, wonderfully, hilarious book filled with excitement, adventure and intrigue that no one can fail to be brought along in its fantastic wake. The book, and subsequent 'challenge o'clocks', engages proficient writers who want to learn and improve their storytelling skills; to reluctant writers who suddenly find that they can write things that make people laugh and by following some simple steps can be inspired by a real author to create a story of their own. We spend just over half a term reading the story, writing to Guy Bass through email (using our computing lessons on safe email to help us) and getting real-time feedback on work that is sent. The reaction of children when their work is commented on by a real author is incredible to see. It is a wonderful project that children and teachers look forward to and get excited about. 

So how does this 'tame author' adoption work?

Every week we write to Guy. One or two children from a class are chosen to be the emailers, and this is a great honour to be someone who takes the ideas and questions of a whole class to the computer of the incredible Mrs Winter who has been our guide to the slightly mad and wild world of Guy. Once the email is created it is sent, often containing examples of fantastic work that has been created in our step by step approach to writing an awesome story, and the wait for the reply begins........Then, as if by magic, a reply from Guy will appear in our classrooms and we can enjoy the craziness that he encourages in us all. This year, his monkey assistant Perigrine Booth has taken over the typing for Guy and then we have all kind of hilarity reading the replies. At the end of Guy's reply, he sets his Challenge O'Clock. The class then have the next week to complete Guy's challenge so that we can send the excellent examples of work off for perusal by Guy (and Perigrine).

The documents that follow on this page show some of our emails and work with Guy.

Week 1

Sienna and Eli from 3S sent our first email to find out a bit about Guy

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and we sent him some of our work to look at:

and Guy replied:

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In Guy's emails, he comments on the children's work and he always likes to set us a Challenge O'Clock which is the work that we create the following week and then we then send THAT to Guy.

This is part 2 of his email to us!

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Week 2

This week, it was the turn of 3A. Emily and Albert (who were also our Gold Standard winners) were chosen for the job. They asked:

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We sent our work from the Challenge O'Clock

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This is what Guy had to say: 

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Week 3

This week it was 3WH who were getting to write to the wonder (and slightly bonkers) that is Guy Bass. Selim and Adam were the question masters this week!

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We sent our work from the Challenge O'Clock

And once more, the reply across the ether returned a message from fair London Town..... 

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Guy then sent a quick email in addition and set this Challenge O'Clock:


WHAT HAPPENS (to your creation) NEXT. Now they’ve escaped from the laboratory, where do they go next? Do they wander aimlessly? 

Who do they meet? What kind of encounters and/or conversations do they have with the castle’s other residents?


Week 4

We set off to work on this new challenge and then representatives from each class wrote to Guy. 

The children (and adults) in year 3 really enjoyed this week's Challenge O'Clock as the creature made everyone laugh so much with his excitability and joy of almost-life! 

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And we waited for Guy's reply...

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We were very excited about Guy's birthday and sent him a birthday email wishing him a happy birthday and good luck for his book release. 

We thought that it was funny that Guy's birthday is the 13th of May as lots of people think the number 13 is bad luck, but it is perfect for Guy because he loves spooky and gothic stories.  

Week 5

This week, Austin, Emily S and Poppy wrote to Guy. We asked about his birthday and sent the comic strips he had asked for in his last pre-birthday day email. 

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The Challenge O'Clocks are getting more and more fun as we get totally involved in the book. 

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Oscar W's comic strip

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Willow's comic strip

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Coco's comic strip

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Tazmeen's comic strip

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Bay's comic strip

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Ivy's comic strip

Then, a few days later, we got a reply from Guy

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