I am a former Primary Teacher, specializing in Early Years and Key Stage One, with 25 years experience. I was lead for Literacy for 8 years and always passionate about using good picture books to develop speaking and listening skills, to nurture a love for reading and to encourage independent and imaginative writing. I introduced Values Education to my school in 2008 and was amazed by how this impacted the children's behaviour at school-giving them a strong moral compass to help them with their attitude and decision making. Other great passions of mine in teaching are Art and Music. I was leader for Art and Music for 7 years. I play the guitar and I have found that this is such an effective way of bringing children together through song.
I have written and illustrated two picture books 'The Meadow Farm Band' and 'The Meadow Farm Talent Show'. I thoroughly enjoy going back into schools to share these stories and at the same time use all the skills and knowledge I have built up during my 25 years of teaching experience. Both books have close curricular links with Values Education, Literacy, Art and P.S.H.E.
'The Meadow Farm Band' teaches the value of Inclusion and is ideal for Anti-Bullying Week and for addressing any friendship issues within the classroom.
'The Meadow Farm Talent Show' teaches the value of Confidence as a journey that we all make, with a specific focus on learning from your mistakes, practice and freindship support.
It is so important for children to learn empathy and self understanding at a young age so that they can develop and maintain positive relationships with one another. The Meadow Farm story characters are fun, engaging and endearing. Children can relate to them easily and are soon able to pick out their favourite character. Will it be Carlene Cow, Robbie Robin, Peter Pig, Felix Fox, Chuck Chick, Joe Goat, Shona Sheep or Greta Goose?
The book is aimed at 3 to 7 year olds and therefore visits are best for preschools, playgroups, Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2. Having said that, the values covered apply to children of all ages. KS 2 children have shown a deeper understanding of the issues covered. They have been able to create their own farm animal characters, plan and write a story with their own chosen value.
"Thank you so much for visiting The Grove last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and on Friday, the Year 3s got some really good writing out of it."
Alice Lee-Fox Literacy Co-ordinator and Year 3 teacher, The Grove Primary School, Cambridge
School sessions can be tailored to meet the varying needs of your setting-choosing from a wide range of options: storytelling with action songs and guitar, a range of art and craft activities such as making headbands and lolly stick puppets of the Meadow Farm characters, step by step drawing, colouring sheets, role play activities, story boards and story maps.
Suggested outlines for sessions are as follows:
Action songs with guitar, storytelling of The Meadow Farm Band, craft activity and role play linked to The Meadow Farm Band
[resources for craft activities and role play with be supplied]
Action songs with guitar, storytelling of The Meadow Farm Band, role play, drawing and describing story characters with words and phrases in small groups
[large scale writing frames, drawing and role play resources will be supplied]
Action songs with guitar, storytelling of The Meadow Farm Band, hot seating of story characters, story sequencing, drawing own story map and story recount.
[writing resources will be supplied]
Action songs with guitar, children retell story of The Meadow Farm Band in own words, hot seating of story characters, whole class character description, children create own character for 'The Band' and create profile.
[hot seating props and writing frames for character profiles will be supplied]
Values song with guitar, sharing of writing and illustrating process, discussion of value covered.
Creation of own farm animal story characters, character profiles, story plan work, sotry character drawings and lolly stick puppet making.
I charge £225 for an all-day Author Visit, £150 for a morning and £125 for an afternoon session, based on Society of Authors recommendations. Travelling expenses are in addition to this.
Copies of my book can be made available for purchase and signing.
I have public liability insurance and DBS certificates.
Please see further details on my Contact an Author page.
Here is a list of schools and preschools I have visited in 2019:
Potton Lower School, Potton
Everton Heath Primary School, Everton
Sutton V.A. Lower School, Sutton
Earith Primary, Earith, Huntingdon
Springfield Primary, Kempston
The Grove Primary School, Cambridge
The Vale Academy, Dunstable
Potten End C of E Primary School, Berkhamsted
Woodentops Preschool, Potton
Potton Preschool, Potton
T.O.A.S.T. playgroup, Potton
School Visit Reviews
"We were thrilled to welcome Liz and her Meadow Farm Band to our school to visit reception, Year 1 and Year 2. All the children were engrossed by the story and by Liz herself. The story focuses on some important themes and values which the children were able to understand and discuss. The children loved completing the well planned and age appropriate activities which followed the storytelling session. The afternoon was topped off by Liz playing her guitar and teaching us all some fun and catchy songs. A wonderful afternoon was had by all the children and staff. Thank you Liz, we can't wait for the next book!"
Faye Wilkinson Smith, EYFS/KS 1 Coordinator, St Swithuns School, Sandy
"Thank you so much for sharing the incredible 'Meadow Farm Band' with Potton Lower. They loved it and it has been a joy to hear 'The Band' being role played in our setting."
Charlotte Coppenhall, Deputy Head at Potton Lower School
"We would like to say a huge thanks Liz for coming in to see us this week. The girls in Prep 2 really enjoyed your visit and spent the rest of the day writing their own stories and illustrating them."
Armande Fryatt, Individual Needs Coordinator, St Francis College, Letchworth
" It was great having Liz Price in our school and the feedback from staff and children was fab! Thank you Liz!"
Aileen Russell, Head Teacher at Everton Heath Primary
”What a totally brilliant afternoon! Wondering what we can do to get you back again?”
Ann Austen, T.A. Earith Primary School, Huntingdon, Cambs
“It was lovely to see you back again at Earith Liz and I have heard nothing but praise about the whole afternoon and your great book! Can’t wait for the next instalment!”
Debbie Rudwick, Office Manager, Earith Primary School, Huntingdon, Cambs
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A wonderful visit to Reception class at Potton Lower School