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Tom Palmer

Children’s author, comes to Shakespeare! 

On 21st September 2021, our Year 6 pupils were in for a treat as Tom Palmer, a children’s author based in Yorkshire, came to talk to them about his books. Not only did we learn so much from him but more importantly many were inspired to become authors and be the best writers they can.


During this half-term, our class text in our English lessons is ‘D-Day Dog’ by Tom Palmer. Reading and studying this book daily only made Tom’s visit all the more purposeful and exciting. The main character – Jack – goes on a school trip to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, France. He learns more about the war heroes he has always admired – brave men like his dad, who is a reserve soldier. But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question. Finding comfort only in the presence of his loyal dog, Finn, Jack is drawn to the heart-wrenching true story of one particular D-Day paratrooper who parachutes into France on that fateful day with his dog.


During Tom’s visit he launched a writing competition for all Year 6 children - to write a setting description of Omaha beach where the D-Day landings happened. There was much excitement amongst our classes especially when the children realised that there would prizes for the winners: a signed copy of Tom Palmer’s brand-new book and the winners’ piece of writing to be published on Tom’s very own website (which you can go to here:


We’ve only just started the planning for this writing in class, but already you can see how determined our Year 6 are to write an amazing setting description. We can’t wait to see how they get on and who will win Tom Palmer’s writing competition! 

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