We welcomed author Daniel Thompson to read his new book ‘The Humundo Sorterium’ to Year 5 students from the Willows Primary School.

‘The Humundo Sorterium’ is the second book by Daniel and illustrator Connor Edwards. Following on from the success of ‘The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale’, this story is written entirely in rhyme about a young boy’s adventure to the ‘Humundo Sorterium’ Baby Making Factory. Daniel said: “The book carries a heart-warming message centered around the importance of being an individual. I’ve long felt that (now more than ever) there is a lot of social pressure on kids to fit the mould rather than express themselves on an individual level. I wanted to write this book to say that I think the best way to be interesting is to be yourself and to do things your own way. A message I think sits within the story without making itself too obvious.”

During their visit, pupils enjoyed a reading of the book by Daniel as well as a poetry class and art session with links to the story and characters within the book. It was also the perfect opportunity for Year 5 to see what our school looks like and what lessons might feel like in a secondary school. Daniel stayed with us all morning and helped inspire students to create some fantastic artwork and poetry.

Lottie Hearn, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We really love have pupils from the primary schools coming to visit us, it really helps us to get to know them and talk to them about what it will be like when they join us in Year 7. It has also been fantastic having Daniel come and visit for the day and share first hand his experience as an author.”