Your teacher is: Miss Fennell

Teacher Bio

Favourite subject at school and why: When I was at school I loved writing because I was able to be creative and share my stories and ideas with others.

Favourite children's book you have read: I love to read so it's hard to choose! Matilda by Roald Dahl is one of my favourite chapter books. My favourite picture book would have to be 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak.

What topics are you looking forward to teaching next year?: I'm really excited to teach writing as I enjoy it myself and love to see what amazing ideas children come up with. I also love to teach art. Drawing, water colour painting and collaging are some of my favourite techniques to use in the classroom.

Any other info!:  I love to read. If you want to talk to me about books, I'm always happy to. My favourite foods would have to be Spaghetti Bolognese and Nachos. I'm from Canberra, the capital city of Australia but spent some of my time growing up in a small country town called Boorowa. I'm so excited to come teach at Belmore Primary and can't wait to meet you all in September!

Fact File

Jamila Gavin FRSL is a British writer born in Mussoorie in the United Provinces of India, in the present-day state of Uttarakhand in the Western Himalayas. She is known mainly for children's books, including several with Indian contexts. She wrote her first book, The Magic Orange Tree and Other Stories, in 1979. She has also written books reflecting her childhood in India, particularly her Surya trilogy.

Gavin is a patron of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, a charity that allows schoolchildren across the UK to perform Shakespeare in professional theatres.