Feedback from Schools 2019


Thank you so much for your visit!  The children were so excited for your arrival and you didn't disappoint. It was brilliantly planned to deliver facts and insight in an interactive and engaging way.  The children are still talking about it now and linking it to learning we are doing in class. It certainly brought our topic to life. Thanks again (St Georges Church School, October 2019)

Thanks very much for Monday. You do it so well.  It provided some excellent information for our topic, deepening children's surface knowledge of the Great Fire of London. You present in a really engaging way and get everyone involved to make the experience and learning memorable for all  (Northleaze CofE Primary School, September 2019)

As usual, our Year 3 class was utterly captivated by "Dr Jones" and the tales of his travels in the Stone Age. They were so busy joining in the active story-telling, they didn't realise just how much they were learning. Thank you! 

(Christchurch CEVA Primary School, September 2019)

Thank you as always for bringing our learning theme to life! The children have absolutely loved today.

(St Anne's Church Academy, June 2019)

Thanks again for today, the children thoroughly enjoyed it and so did we! The session was well pitched to the age group and the story telling, song and games were great and engaged them all. You made such an impact they were talking about you right up until home time!  Our pirate experience really brought their story writing & role play to life the next day in school.

(Axbridge CofE First School Academy, May 2019)

Dressed as a Spartan Warrior, Harry visited our class as as we are studying the Ancient Greeks. He really developed the children’s understanding in a fun and interactive way. He really understood my class well and the needs of individuals. Thanks again!

(Sidcot Junior School, May 2019)

Thank you so much for such a fantastic morning with Captain Whitebeard The Pirate.  The children had so much fun and were so excited and engaged from the moment you entered the room.  The workshop was a perfect mix of calm listening and active participation.  We look forward to seeing you next year (Winscombe Primary School, May 2019)

Purposeful learning is fundamental to learning and for young children there is no better way to inspire them than being set a learning challenge by a 'real pirate'.  Captain Whitebeard set up the challenge so superbly that the children can't wait to come to school to learn.  

As well as setting down the learning challenge Captain Whitebeard gave the children memories. Memories of singing, dancing and having stories on the beach with a pirate. We have used Cadcharacters for many years now and children in Year 6 still often state their best memory as that of meeting Captain Whitebeard on the beach and later sailing with him on The Matthew.  

We thoroughly recommend using Cadcharacters to give children, purpose, fun, memorable learning experiences.

(St Anne's Church Academy, May 2019)

'It was such fun, I loved feeding baby Brunel’.  'It was so much fun in the basket’  ‘I can't believe how much I learnt’.

(St Francis Catholic Primary School Children, May 2019)

Thank you so much for our 'Brunel' session - as always, it was was interactive and engaging. The children started by knowing a little but now know so much which filled them with pride. The session is confidence building as well as educational. I love the way you have no preconceptions about the children so give roles to the less confident children by chance and this encourages them to do their best. By the end of the session you had transformed one of my reluctant learners into a true thespian - thanks again.

(St Francis Catholic Primary School, May 2019)

Thank you so much for coming to us today - you we’re truly amazing! The children remembered so much about Brunel and were so engaged in conversation back in class (Bournville Primary School, April 2019)

Thank you so much for designing a character and experience for our children based on the story ‘The Tin Forest’. The morning was very age appropriate for our Y1 and Y2 children and had a good mix of plant/tree/animal facts and acting out the story. I felt it was useful the children had read the story before your visit, but they enjoyed reading it even more when we shared it again after your visit! We have just had our "Gold Book" assembly and several children received certificates for the work they have produced following your visit which really inspired them.  (Burnham-on-Sea Community Infant School, April 2019)

Thank you again for such an engaging Ancient Greeks session with the children yesterday; it's all they've talked about today! You managed to cover a vast amount of information in the time available in a comprehensive and engaging way that kept all the children's attention - you've made my job of teaching the topic a lot easier - thank you! (Northleaze CofE Primary School, April 2019)

'Thank you soooo much Mr Andronicus Alexiou. I had such a fun time.  I also liked being in the best team (Sparta) with my friend who was king.  I loved all of the facts and the way you let us interact with the session.' (Northleaze CofE Primary School Children, April 2019)

Dear Jethro –  'Thank you for coming in to do a show about The Great Fire of London and the Plague. It was great because you were really funny'.  ‘My favourite part was when you and me tried to blow out the hall lights and you forgot it was 2019 and not 1666 and it is electric not a candle!’   ‘I really enjoyed it when you had to dig a hole for Samuel Pepys and put lots of stuff in it and I didn’t know the Mayor was called Thomas Bloodworth’ (Churchill CEVC Primary School Children, April 2019)

Wow! What an amazing culmination to our Great Fire of London topic! Thank you ‘Jethro’ for giving us the opportunity to put our learning into action. The children were thoroughly engaged and enthralled by your character who carefully included all children in the enfolding drama. We look forward to a return visit next year (Churchill CEVC Primary School, April 2019)

We would like to thank you so much for such an entertaining, educational and exciting visit linked to our 'Great Fire of London' topic. Every single child loved it, our more vulnerable learners were so engaged and involved, parents have mentioned about the children's recounts of the day and all staff really impressed - it was exactly what we hoped for. We would love to work with you again and have shared your details with the rest of my colleagues. Thanks again and we hope to see you in Crockerne again soon.

(Crockerne Primary School, March 2019)

Thank you so much for the sessions you provided last week, the children loved it.  We were really impressed with the way in which you involved all the children and kept their attention.  We felt that the balance between 'Tudor' information and 'Walter Raleigh' information was just right for us and it also fitted in really well with our focus on potatoes (Golden Valley Primary School, February 2019)

The children were absolutely enthralled by your visit and went home buzzing with the new things that they had learnt. This was a perfect introduction, immersing them in 1666 life and ensuring that they are suitably enthused for the rest of the topic! They came away all having learnt something new about the Great Fire. The way in which you mix humour and facts meant that the children were brilliantly engaged. There was a wonderful amount of participation in the assembly/workshop for the children, as well as time to learn new information. It was great how you made sure that each child was able to help act out a part if they wanted to. Your kindness in dealing with the children was fantastic too. They quickly felt safe and at home to ask questions, join in and dress up. I was so surprised that a child who I wouldn't have ever thought would have dressed up you had acting out within 20 minutes - brilliant, thank you (Birdwell School Academy, February 2019)

Our visit from Jethro Knuckleskull was absolutely brilliant! It was informative, engaging and funny all at the same time! Jethro told the story of the Great Fire of London and got the children to act it out and dress up too. We all loved it - thank you! 

(Birdwell School Academy, February 2019)

Harry came to visit our Reception classes as Eddie the Explorer - amazingly he'd visited the three countries we'd been learning about!  As always, it was very stimulating, informative and great fun. The children loved the role play, songs and stories and were transfixed for the whole seventy minute session. A very well planned session. Thank you Harry - look forward to seeing you again next year.                     (West Leigh Infants, February 2019)

I would just like to say thank you for a great afternoon learning about Ancient Egypt. My class and myself thoroughly enjoyed your workshop. The children were fully engaged and very enthusiastic about the session. In fact they were buzzing. Several children told me that it was their, "best day ever." I was also pleased to see that several children, who are usually very shy and reluctant to join in, were eager to dress up and help out with the activities.  I would recommend your session to others (Uphill Primary School, January 2019)

The children had a fantastic morning with our Viking visitor Bjorn Magnusson.  The children learned about the Viking longboats, Viking life and some of the Viking Gods.  They enjoyed dressing up and joining to act out roles. We all had a great time - thank you. 

(Norton Fitzwarren Church School, January 2019)

The children absolutely LOVED your visit. Thank you so much!!  We only began talking about The Great Fire Of London the day before and they are now buzzing with excitement about our topic (Hutton CofE Primary School, January 2019)

The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit from The Jolly Postman and were really hooked. Their engagement has continued since as we moved into looking at Goldilocks and the Three Bears through Talk for Writing. We are now using letter prompts and stimuli sent from the Jolly Postman to introduce each Fairy Tale and it's worked brilliantly so far as the children know who he is! 

(Locking Primary School, January 2019)

Thank you so much for today's Great Fire of London session - you were amazing!  The children absolutely loved it and I know took so much learning from it too (Mendip Green Primary School, January 2019)