Once again, the staff and children were delighted to take part in Shrewsbury Bookfest Authors in Schools Week. This initiative alternates with the Bookfest Children's Book Award for which Oak Class have acted as readers and judges since its beginning six years ago. This year Willow, Maple and Ash Classes were thoroughly entertained by picture book author Jarvis who took us through a very funny guide to the whacky characters that appear in his books. Children were then helped to devise their own picture book characters, some of which Jarvis said he might 'borrow' for future books! Chestnut and Oak Classes enjoyed a characterisation masterclass from Vamos Theatre Company, the leading mask theatre group in the UK. This was a startling and gripping experience with children being encouraged to explore emotions and ways of showing character through subtle description, a real bonus for their literacy work.